Whether it's your first time volunteering or you're a seasoned volunteer, you have questions, and we have answers.
Questions About Volunteering and COVID-19
Is COVID-19 going to affect our ability to volunteer?
We are faced with an unprecedented situation, but we are looking into ways to move forward and deal with it in the best way possible. Though in-person shifts have been discontinued for the semester, we are using this opportunity to brainstorm new ways we can continue to have a positive impact on the community. We are currently looking into options for alternative methods of serving patients, such as remote volunteering. We are remaining hopeful that the situation will improve in the near future and are still looking to get as many new applicants as possible. We will be sure to communicate any updates as the situation continues to evolve.
How will volunteers serve their shifts during the quarantine?
Volunteers are currently serving shifts remotely. Clinical providers will provide volunteers with a list of patients to conduct outreach calls with. Volunteers will interact with patients over the phone, going through a social needs screener to determine what areas they can help with. Then, using a database of resources created by Connect2Health, volunteers will compile a list of resources addressing the patient’s unique situation. Volunteers will then send these resources to the patient over email.
Do I need to be a certain major to join Connect2Health?
No, Connect2Health tends to attract those in the pre-health and social work fields of study, but is open to everybody from all majors!
Do I need to be a current student at the University of Utah to apply for Connect2Health?
No, students from other colleges and universities, as well as recent graduates have all volunteered with Connect2Health..
Why is this a good opportunity for those going into healthcare?
C2H allows for undergraduate students to obtain patient experience along with building connections with those in various clinics and various roles in healthcare. During our bi-monthly meetings we usually hear from various clinicians about their jobs, what they did to get to where they are now, and where they think healthcare is heading in the future. Over the past year we have heard from burn surgeons, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pediatricians, the diversity director at the U of U PA school, DWS agents, etc.
Still have questions? Contact us!
Contact our Recruitment Chair