We want to recognize when our volunteers go above and beyond
We select volunteers that exemplify Connect2Health's mission. We think you'll appreciate their story as well.
Volunteer spotlights 2019-2020
"My name is Braydon, I was born and raised in the Salt Lake valley and love living in Utah. I am currently in the final stages of a Kinesiology degree from the University of Utah, and I plan on attending medical school in the near future.
A common theme that I have tried to instill throughout my volunteering is, start with empathy. I feel that true empathy is a critical component of effective healthcare, and that is why I chose to volunteer with Connect2Health. Each of the programs I have been a part of have allowed me to experience direct contact with the patients and address their needs in an intimate and meaningful way. Connect2Health has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the needs of the community while helping me understand what genuine empathy is and truly grow on a personal level." - Braydon
"This semester, I will have been volunteering with Connect2Health for two years! I have loved volunteering with C2H and having the opportunity to have patients trust me enough to tell me their stories. I like that Connect2Health views social determinants of health as an important part of each patient's physical and mental health, rather than treating people and their health conditions as if they exist in a vacuum. Realizing the common ground that exists between all of us who live in this society that forcibly denies people their basic needs has made me even more motivated to go into medicine. I want to help advocate for the need to address, restructure, and improve all of our social determinants of health." - Malini
"I have been a part of Connect2Health for a year now and there are not many other volunteering opportunities that allow you to work with patients one on one. In the past year, I have had the opportunity to participate in several different units, which has allowed me to witness the immense impact this program has on the community ways I did not expect.
I am currently on the Wellness Bus and the staff show true care for the individuals who come through the bus. I have been positively impacted by the patients through the interactions I have had. It has made me realize that building meaningful relationships with patients and discussing the wide range of resources they need is an integral part of being a physician, which is what I aspire to be in the future." - Anahy
"I have stayed with C2H for three semesters now because I know, from other experiences, that the services we provide are so important and impactful. Almost every time I have shadowed a physician they talk about the disconnect between writing a medication prescription and the patient actually being able to afford and obtain it. With C2H, I am able to help bridge that gap. What I have learned as far as the holistic view of health care through C2H will certainly enable me to be a better physician in the future." - Maggie
My name is Maggie and I am a third-year student studying Health, Society & Policy. I grew up in Washington state just outside of Seattle and came out to Utah to pursue my dream of going to medical school and becoming a physician. Medicine always interested me especially going through high school and taking advanced science classes. It wasn’t until during my freshman year when I went on a community health service trip where I discovered my passion for working with the underserved population and supporting their communities. Volunteering for Connect2Health has allowed me to learn more about the individual stories and hardships patients in these communities face daily. I have had the honor of playing a small role in helping patients get back on their feet; from letting them know about local food pantries to helping them get health insurance so their bills don’t cause them to go into debt. I know the experiences I have had with Connect2Health will make me a better health care provider because it has made me aware of the complexity of patient’s lives and the importance of knowing the impacts of social determinants of health. I look forward to volunteering each week and connecting with the patients!