Community service is an integral part of the culture of Rush. It is who Rush is and what Rush does.

Through the Rush Community Service Initiatives Program, there is an opportunity for Rush University students, faculty, residents, fellows and staff to use their distinct skills and talents to make a difference in our community and beyond.



The Rush Community Service Initiatives Program, or RCSIP, started in 1991 and has grown into a robust interprofessional program with volunteers from all four of Rush University’s colleges. RCSIP provides services to more than 10,000 community members annually through programs that focus on the following:

  • Providing health care to people in underserved communities
  • Educating the community about healthy living and disease prevention and management
  • Training and educating young people about the wide range of career opportunities in health sciences

Who can be involved in RCSIP?

RCSIP opportunities are available to all students, faculty, residents, fellows and staff at Rush University.

For students: RCSIP offers you a chance to support your community, while also honing your health care skills with hands-on experience. A recent study at Rush found that the opportunities available through RCSIP influenced 66 percent of our current students to choose Rush as their school of choice.

For faculty, residents, fellows and staff: RCSIP provides a venue for giving back to your community, while also giving you an opportunity to mentor students and guide the next generation of health care providers.

What does RCSIP do?

To serve the community surrounding Rush, RCSIP programs do the following:

  • Align volunteer experiences with the health needs of some of our surrounding communities on the West Side of Chicago
  • Develop community programs that align with Rush’s community health improvement plan that addresses the health needs of our community
  • Provide appropriate support and training for student volunteers

For more information

Sharon Gates

If you are interested in volunteering in a RCSIP program, please contact:

Sharon D. Gates, DSW
Senior Director, Student Diversity and Community Engagement
Rush University
600 South Paulina, Room 979
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Tel: (312) 942-3670
Fax: (312) 942-3127