Since the spring of 2012, VIDA Health Partnerships at IUPUI 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. The leadership of IU-SOC Registration has had the opportunity to present information about undergraduate clinic involvement at the national level via the 2016 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 Chair (Abby Hadley) and Vice-Chair (Hope Luker) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.APPLY TO VOLUNTEER
Each month, VIDA Health Partnerships at IUPUI participates in a Saturday of Service. All VIDA members will have the opportunity to volunteer on a Saturday morning to provide service in our local community. We will be participating in the IUPUI Days of Service and partnering with other Indianapolis organizations to provide meaningful service and educational experiences for our members.
The 2017-2018 Director of Engagement is Miranda Stumbo (email@example.com) and the Director of Service is Victor Olafusi (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please feel free to contact either of them with any questions or suggestions about general member service and engagement.
VIDA Health Partnerships at IUPUI is currently working with IU Health to implement a local Get Onboard Active Living (G.O.A.L.) Program beginning in the fall of 2017. 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. We will be working to train a group of VIDA volunteers to 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.
If you are interested in the program or have any questions, please contact our 2016-2017 Director of G.O.A.L., Kylie Knoblet, at email@example.com.