Category: Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer Opportunities – Pre-Dental/Pre-Health

Greater Seattle Cares Volunteer Opportunities – Pre-Dental/Pre-Health

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Hailey Zurcher

Greater Seattle cares (www.greaterseattlecares.org) is a very small non-profit organization that provides regular logistical support to 4 of the 12 homeless encampments in the Puget Sound area, as well as sporadic support to many others.

In conjunction with the dental program, a collaboration with Medical Teams International, they have also been running a denture program to help patients identified on the MTI van as needing dentures or other follow-up care. They work with Seattle Dental and Denture Arts on 3rdAve. in downtown Seattle to get these patients the care they need that cannot be provided on the mobile clinic. This means a lot of patient navigation – helping patients make appointments, checking in to see if they went, helping them take the next step.

As both the frequency of the MTI visits and the number of patients needing follow-up care grows, Greater Seattle Cares needs help with this program! Descriptions of these positions can be found on our website at http://greaterseattlecares.org/ways-to-help/volunteer-opportunities/volunteer-opportunities-operations/

Mobile Clinic Volunteer

§ Description:The Mobile Clinic Volunteers provide on-site coordination when the Medical Teams International (MTI) dental van comes to Tent City 3 (TC3). Their responsibilities include:

o Assure that the patients on the sign-up sheet are ready to be seen when the dentist is ready.

o Make sure the patients fill out the necessary paperwork in the chart.

o Make sure the charts are returned to the Dental Program Manager after the clinic is over.

o Provide a list to the Dental Program Manager of patients who need follow-up services.

§ Level of Commitment:One shift (either 7-11 am or 11 am-3 pm) on the Saturdays when MTI comes to TC3.

§ Duration:At least two shifts over the course of a year.

§ When/Where:The MTI mobile clinic visits TC3 one Saturday per month, providing services between 8:00 – 2:00. The location varies, as TC3 moves from site to site every three months, usually somewhere on the west side of Lake Washington, from Shoreline to Tukwila.

§ Skills/Tools:Responsible, organized, non-judgmental. You will need your own transportation to get to the clinics sites.

§ Committee Chair:Cindy Roat

Dental Case Manager

§ Description:The Dental Case Manager helps find services for patients who need more care than they can receive on the Medical Teams International (MTI) Mobile Dental Clinic. Greater Seattle Cares works with a dentist and denturist in downtown Seattle, as well as with Project Access Northwest at Swedish Medical Center. Some camp residents just need the phone numbers, others need assistance in setting up appointments, while some actually need to be taken to appointments or taken back to camp after oral surgery. Many need help in navigating the system and they all benefit from having someone who cares about how the appointment went and how they’re recuperating. Each Dental Case Manager will start navigating one patient and may take on more depending on interest and commitment.

§ Level of Commitment:A half-hour per week for the course of the needed treatment. The need can be as short as one phone call or as long as 6 months, depending on the patient.

§ Duration:One year commitment is requested

§ When/Where:Varies by location of the homeless camps; denturist and dental schools are in Seattle but much work can be done by phone.

§ Skills/Tools:Responsible, organized, non-judgmental, patient. Good communication and follow up skills, positive attitude, access to a phone.

§ Committee Chair:Cindy Roat

Dental Program Manager

§ Description:The Dental Program Manager oversees the dental program, acting as a liaison between Tent City 3 (TC3) and Medical Teams International (MTI), and coordinating the all the dental program volunteers. The Program Manager:

o Stores a locked filing cabinet with the dental charts.

o In coordination with MTI and Husky Health Bridge (HHB), arranges dates for the MTI dental clinic to visit TC3 or other homeless encampments supported by Greater Seattle Cares.

o Informs SHARE’s Tent City Organizer of the clinic dates.

o Delivers an appointment sign-up sheet to camp a week before the clinic date, either in person or through the SHARE TCO.

o Calls the camp on the Friday before the clinic to get patients’ names; pulls charts for patients who have been seen before.

o Makes up blank charts.

o Delivers all charts (blank and for prior patients) to the Mobile Clinic Volunteer or to the camp the morning of the clinic.

o Assures pick up of the charts and secure storage after the clinic.

o Finds Dental Case Managers to work with patients who need follow-up care.

o Provide an informal monthly email report to the Greater Seattle Cares board about dental program activity.

§ Level of Commitment:About 3-4 hours per clinic.

§ Duration:One year commitment is requested.

§ When/Where:One week a month before a scheduled clinic; work can be done from home.

§ Skills/Tools:Excellent organizational skills, good communication and follow up skills; your own transportation to be used to get to Tent City 3.

§ Committee Chair:Cindy Roat

Please email Manvir Kaur at manvirk if you are interested in any of these volunteer positions.

Swedish Epilepsy Center – summer Internship

Over the past 12 years our team at Swedish Epilepsy Center hosted multiple undergraduates interested in clinical neuroscience for a summer internship. Most commonly, the intern’s goals are straightforward- how can they satisfy pre-med school application requirements. Specifically, can they shadow a clinician for 50-100 hours or so. Our team sees it differently.

Our goal for the Epilepsy intern is to expose them to how we treat patients with epilepsy. We want to spark an interest in how complex the presentations and treatments of neurologic illness are. With that in mind, the clinical exposure is only part of the internship. We aim to have the intern work on a research project that is ethical, safe, important, and hopefully fun. Seven of our eight past interns have published their work with us in peer-reviewed Neurology journals. Many also presented their work in National meetings, and most have matriculated to either graduate medical or other STEM programs.

We are specifically looking for an undergraduate interested in neuroscience and the pursuit of a career in clinical healthcare to spend 8 weeks with us this summer learning about epilepsy. The internship has a $3500 stipend associated and the start and finish dates can vary between Mid-June to Mid-August.

Interested applicants can send their CV including GPA and a 1 page cover letter describing why they are interested in a career in neuroscience to the following email: Michael.doherty by May 1.

Gain experience with the HEALTH SCHOLAR PROGRAM

Hello Aspiring Healthcare Professionals!

Are you interested in gaining clinical or administrative experience, finding your niche in healthcare and making valuable connections at Swedish Medical Center? The Health Scholar Program at Swedish Medical Center(formally PrepStep-Health Care Scholar) provides students the unique experience of direct patient care in a hospital setting while becoming a valuable member of the patient care team.

As a Health Scholar, you will receive 30 hours of training prior to shifting to prepare you for the experiences you will encounter as a patient care provider. We accept applications online year-round, and the deadlines listed on our website (link below) determine when you begin.

**The next deadlines areNovember 30thfor Swedish-Seattleand January 15thfor Swedish-Issaquah***These dates corresponds to our Spring (2016A) cohorts beginning February 1st(Seattle) and March 1st(Issaquah).

Apply here: http://copehealthscholars.org/

Pre-health students volunteering at Meridian Center for Health

Neighborcare Health is an organization of community health clinics, and we are the largest provider of healthcare for low-income and uninsured individuals and families in Seattle. We do not turn anyone away due to inability to pay and specialize in quality, culturally-sensitive care. We provide primary medical care and dental services as well as a host of other free services for our established patients- including visits with our nutritionist, the diabetes educator, a counselor, social worker, as well as our eligibility specialists for help enrolling in health insurance who can be seen by anyone in the community.

We are currently recruiting volunteers around the opening of our new building, the Meridian Center for Health, right next to our current clinic 105th and Meridian Ave N on December 16, 2015. The Center will house three organizations and will be a one-stop shop for healthcare: Neighborcare Health will provide medical and dental services along with a pharmacy, Valley Cities will provide behavioral health and recovery services, and Public Health will provide WIC and maternity support services. This integrated health delivery model will serve to reduce barriers that patients face in accessing health services and address unmet patient needs in North Seattle. We need volunteers in two capacities:

1) Welcome Desk volunteers will staff our welcome desk and greet patients and help them navigate the building, as well as being responsible for other building wide projects.

2) Community Outreach volunteers will help me in outreach efforts throughout Seattle with emphasis in North Seattle. This includes health fairs, tabling, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, health insurance outreach, and patient care management and education initiatives.

Linda Yang | Health Resource Specialist | Neighborcare Health at Meridian | Phone: (206) 548-7738 (work); (425) 765-6676 (cell)

Volunteer Opportunity At Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Sat., Oct. 10


Sign up for the first volunteer opportunity of the quarter for students happening this Sat., Oct. 10! Volunteers will be helping out for the Making Strides Seattle Against Breast Cancer Walk in downtown Seattle. The organization supports and celebrates breast cancer survivors. You can help fight breast cancer by volunteering today!

Are you interested? Email StudentJustice for an application!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Emily Stensland atStudentJustice.

VOLUNTEER WITH COMMUNITY DINING

We can’t do it without you!

The Community Dining program has two main goals: to provide healthy meals for seniors and to offer them a space for socialization. As we age, there is an increased risk of becoming isolated and for decreasing nutritious intake. This program is Senior Services’ part of the federal Congregate Meals program that helps to minimize these risks to health and wellbeing. In the program, there is opportunity to be involved directly in the preparation for the meal, which is served weekdays around lunchtime at 11 different sites in and around Seattle/King County.

There are behind-the-scenes opportunities and “front-line” positions if you prefer more customer service oriented experiences. Opportunity for interaction between volunteers and seniors who come to eat lunch is welcomed and encouraged, and varies depending on what position you’re doing.

Some positions don’t require any experience while other positions or certain locations may prefer some kitchen experience. Most simply require passion about food, serving seniors, or helping. As a volunteer, you aren’t required to do tasks you feel uncomfortable or unsafe doing, including using knives or special equipment, although training is provided as the chef feels is appropriate. You will probably be standing during your volunteer time, but you can take breaks and ask for reasonable accommodation as needed.

Positions with food service or prep require a food handler’s permit. For everyone’s safety (members, guests, employees, and volunteers), we conduct background checks on all employees and volunteers at the beginning of their service.

Some activities you may be involved in as a volunteer include:

 Kitchen food prep under direction of chef/cook

 Plating and serving meals (for sites with sit-down service)

 Plating meals on the food line (for sites with cafeteria-style service)

 Setting up, cleaning tables

 Dishwashing

 Greeting, registration, cashier

 Menu planning

 Data entry and admin-istrative paperwork

 Special projects

 Volunteer outreach

To apply as a volunteer:

Visit seniorservices.org, or click to complete a Volunteer Application

Shelly Najjar

Community Dining Volunteer Coordinator

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Volunteer Opportunity with Neighborcare Health

Neighborcare Health is committed to providing comprehensive healthcare to families and individuals who have difficulty accessing care; responding with sensitivity to the needs of our culturally diverse patients; and advocating and working with other clinics and healthcare professionals to improve the overall health status of the communities we serve. Our purpose is to improve health by engaging, educating and empowering individuals in the communities we serve.

We are looking for a student interested in in communications, marketing, and administrative positions in healthcare. The project will provide an opportunity for the student to run a patient engagement initiative in a community health primary care clinic. Below is the description of the project. The position is open to students working towardsmasters or bachelors degrees and is unpaid.

Student Project or Practicum Project: Care4U: a text messaging program to help individuals with diabetes manage their care

§ We are looking for a student to assist with piloting a text messaging program for our diabetic patients. The project will involve creating text messages on topics related to diabetes management, developing a recruitment plan for enrolling patients, managing the program logistics, and evaluating the pilot.

§ Anticipated project length–between 6-12 months with average 4-8 hours/week.

§ Requires onsite time at both Greenwood and Meridian sites with some distance-based work also possible.

Applicants should send their resume to Davis Halle at DavisH and will be contacted for an interview after our staff reviews their credentials.

Apply to the PrepStep-Health Care Scholar Program

PrepStep-Health Care Scholar is a hands-on clinical certification course in which participants experience direct patient contact.

Program participants rotate among different clinical and administrative departments in a health care setting while learning alongside health care professionals as members of the patient care team.

Learn more and apply at this link.

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Seeking volunteers and a PT employee: Veterinary Technician – Cat Care Coordinator (Shoreline)

Veterinary Technician – Cat Care Coordinator (Shoreline)
Compensation: DOE

Seeking: Cat Care Coordinator

This position is responsible for all daily and medical care of SAFe Rescue cats and kittens. This includes coordination with foster homes, vaccines, blood draws and testing, required medications, spay – neuter prep and post-op care. Responsible for accurate record keeping; ensuring all animals are current on vaccines and required medications; maintaining supplies; coordinating and training daily kennel care volunteers; maintaining a clean and sanitary work space; and communicating with others to ensure appropriate cat care in compliance with established policies and procedures. This position will have contact with the public. We are a small rescue and each position is cross trained.
Qualifications

High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
Must be 18 years of age
Minimum 2 years of work experience in Veterinary medicine
Animal Shelter or kenneling experience preferred.
Proficient computer skills in Windows and office environment.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Shows initiative and is a mindful and collaborative worker.
Ability to handle multiple tasks at once in a fast-paced environment.
Certified Veterinary Tech course completion is desirable.
Two years prior experience in an animal welfare environment is desirable.

This is a part-time position and the hours will vary. The schedule includes working evenings and weekends. Compensation is based on experience for the right candidate.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume. We will not be accepting phone calls.

www.SeattleAreaFelineRescue.org

Camp Promise-West is looking for volunteers this summer

Do you still need something fun to do this summer? Are you energetic, creative, and enthusiastic? Do you like working with youth and being a part of a FUN team? Are you looking to gain experience in the healthcare field or working with people with special health care needs??

If YES, then Camp Promise-West is looking for YOU!

We are currently recruiting volunteers who are mature and responsible individuals, who like working hard and who are willing to learn. Camp Promise-West is a 1-week overnight camp for kids, teens, and adults with muscular dystrophy and select neuromuscular diseases, and we believe all kids should get to experience the magic of camp, regardless of their medical needs or physical abilities. Our schedule is jam packed with theme days, pranks, costumes, summer fun, and activities that are 100% wheelchair accessible. We provide camp and medical care free of charge to our campers and highly value our volunteers who help make this happen.

Available positions include:

1) 1) One-on-one counselors to provide friendship, assistance and personal care to campers.

2) Program staff (photographers, yearbook editors, sports, drama, music, etc)

3) Medical staff (nurses, doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, etc)

This is an ideal opportunity for individuals who are dedicated to giving back to their community, or those who are interested in a career in the healthcare field and who are looking for experience working one-on-one with individuals with special health care needs. Many (but not ALL!) of our volunteers are pre-health students (medicine, nursing, PT/OT, etc) or interested in social work or counseling, or grad students/professionals in these fields. While, helpful, experience is not required as we provide all necessary training at our Orientation session prior to camper arrival.

Our volunteers are of all ages, come from diverse backgrounds and from all over the country, so whatever your skills may be, if you are committed to making camp the best week of our campers’ year, we’d love to hear from you!

The details:

§ Dates: August 23-29, 2015

§ Location: Vaughn, WA

§ Requirements: Be at least 16 years old, submit an application, complete an interview, and pass background & reference checks.

§ Application deadline: May 31, 2015

§ Website: camppromise.org

How to Apply:

Visit www.camppromise.org/apply

Questions?

For more information, please contact Director Terin Izil at terin or405-459-7447.