Multicultural Health in Action (MHIA)

promotoras2CALPACT helps to sponsor the Multicultural Health in Action (MHIA), a student-run group focused on the professional and leadership development of the School of Public Health students through the integration of learning and practice. MHIA offers students the opportunity to engage in meaningful service and actively participate in community partner initiatives that seek to address the needs of disadvantaged populations in the East Bay by providing health education sessions and academic support. Learn more here.






Cal Student Assistance for Public Health (Cal STAPH) is an official student group at UC Berkeley that provides training and response opportunities to public health graduate students by assisting state and local health departments in California during outbreaks and other public health emergencies.



The mission of Cal STAPH is to train and deploy students to assist state and local health agencies in responding to urgent and emergency public health threats. Through partnerships with health departments in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cal STAPH links students with applied public health experience and departments with needed surge capacity.


Cal Student Assistance for Public Health (Cal STAPH), formerly Cal Student Emergency Investigation & Surveillance (Cal SEIS), was developed by a group of UC Berkeley School of Public Health graduate students in Spring 2010. Representing various disciplines within the School of Public Health, they were interested in creating more practical opportunities for students and facilitating training in the many aspects of public health emergency response.

CALPACT partnered with the UC Berkeley's Center for Health Leadership to coordinate a needs assessment of the Cal-Staph group. This assessment focused on the needs and goals of both graduate students and health departments in this initiative and involved surveys and key-informant interviews/focus groups. Recommendations were developed, many of which were implemented.

Visit the CalSTAPH website to learn more.