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 continuing to serve shifts remotely this semester at our hospital sites, but we now have volunteers serving in person shifts at the Fourth Street Clinic as well! If hospital restrictions do lift later this semester, we may be able to return to in-person shifts, but this will be completely optional. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time. We will be sure to communicate any updates as the situation continues to evolve.
How will volunteers serve their shifts during the pandemic?
For the Fall 2020 semester, we have volunteers serving shifts both remotely and in person. Hospital volunteers are currently serving their shifts remotely through outreach calls, interacting with patients over the phone to determine what areas we can help them find resources for. Then, using a database of resources created by Connect2Health and the U of U Health IT team, volunteers compile a list of resources to best help each person. Our 4th Street volunteers are now able to work onsite, following the proper COVID-19 protocols to protect both our volunteers and the people we serve.
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.
What does a typical shift look like for a volunteer?
Shifts vary depending on which site you serve. Generally, volunteers will either be referred patients by clinic staff or through the patients themselves. Using a social needs screener specific to each site, volunteers will go through a series of questions in order to determine what areas that patients may need help with. Using a database of resources created by Connect2Health and the U of U Health IT team, volunteers compile a comprehensive list of resources tailored for each unique patient. These resources can be for food, housing, clothing, transportation, education, and so much more. Volunteers may also be asked to help clinic staff with other tasks during their shift if needed.
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.