Since the spring of 2012, VIDA Health Partnerships members have the opportunity to provide registration support for the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic (IU-SOC) on the Near East Side of Indianapolis inside of Neighborhood Fellowship Church. We have been an official partner of the clinic since the summer of 2015, and we are their only undergraduate organization partner. The leadership of IU-SOC Registration has had the opportunity to present information about undergraduate clinic involvement at the national level via the Society for Student-run Free Clinics (SSRFC) Conference (see below, right photo).
IU-SOC is a student-run free clinic which serves the near east side community through the services of Medicine, Pharmacy, Legal, Social Work, Dental, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Public Health, and Nursing. The health needs of this community are widely documented to be underserved for a variety of reasons such as cost of healthcare, lack of transportation, and lack of a primary care provider. There is also a fear of the medical community to some extent and an increased number of uninsured due to poverty and unemployment.
How Can I Volunteer?
There is an application process in order to volunteer with IU-SOC Registration. Primary responsibilities of IU-SOC Registration volunteers include signing-in patients, creating patient appointments in the electronic medical system (see above, left photo), and answering general questions from patients every Saturday from 8:45 AM to 3:00 PM. Each Saturday, 3-5 volunteers staff the front desk, including one clinic manager. Since the clinic days are long, volunteers are only expected to serve at clinic once per month on average. Leadership opportunities are also available.
For more information on IU-SOC Registration, please contact our Director of the IU-SOC, Meghana Sankar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VIDA Health Partnerships at IUPUI and IU Health collaborate to implement Get Onboard Active Living (G.O.A.L.) The purpose of this 6-week program is to educate children about nutrition and healthy lifestyles, with the hope of decreasing the prevalence of childhood obesity. A group of VIDA volunteers run this curriculum in existing after-school programs. This public health initiative is a great opportunity for VIDA members to engage the youth of our community with a fun service opportunity.
For more information on how to get involved with GOAL, please email our GOAL Directors at email@example.com.