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Health Access Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing
Last updated 

Assist newly arrived refugees as they navigate health care appointments. Health Access volunteers provide transportation, either via public transportation or a personal vehicle, to get refugees to health appointments, walk them to the correct clinic, help them through the check-in process and make sure they have everything they need before they leave. Health Access volunteers are key to making sure our clients feel comfortable and supported within an intimidating system. Volunteers also communicate with the IRC health team to make sure that if there are issues or required next steps, we can address them. The interactions with clients served are one-time interactions.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Drive refugees in personal vehicle to and from various medical appointments 
  • Provide bus orientations to primary care clinics of refugee clients 
  • Advocate for client at appointment to ensure proper treatment and interaction 
  • Communicate questions, successes and challenges with IRC staff 

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • 18 or older with valid driver's license and insurance 
  • Live within Salt Lake County 
  • Must be available for a full work day (9am-5pm) to provide health team with enough time to schedule an appointment. Official appointment information will be sent the Friday prior to your shift. Typical shift length is 3-4 hours a week 
  • Patience and flexible 
  • Clear an IRC HireRight background check 
  • Reliable, flexible and able to work independently 

NEXT STEPS: 

  1. Attend a general volunteer orientation. Sign up here
  2. Attend a health access training - training will be scheduled one-on-one.

QUESTIONS?

Please email us at VolunteerSLC [at] rescue.org