Volunteer at Puentes

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) most of our volunteer opportunities are currently on hold. Stay tuned for updates.

Puentes de Salud attracts more than 500 active student and faculty volunteers from eleven colleges and universities throughout the Philadelphia region. Our comprehensive strategy for improving the health of Philadelphia’s Latinx community draws on volunteers from many disciplines, including medicine, nursing, public health, law, education, and visual arts. This interdisciplinary group learns about important issues in Latinx health, wellness, and education firsthand through supervised volunteer work at our various programs. All volunteer opportunities require an application process. If you are interested in volunteering, please see opportunities below. Contact us with any questions at volunteer@puentesdesalud.org.

Please Note:  In order to provide quality direct service to our community and a quality immersion experience for our volunteers, we are not able to accept visiting or walk-in volunteers,  high-school students, student research proposals, or short-term class project/papers volunteers. 

 

Professional Volunteers

If you are a licensed provider, physician, nurse, NP, PhD, social worker, or a professional in a field related to our work and would like to volunteer please contact us at volunteer@puentesdesalud.org

Providers must have an active license in the state of PA.

 

Clinic Opportunities

Undergraduate, Post-bacc, Graduate, Medical, and Professional Students

** Notice: Currently Accepting Only Clinical 1 Volunteer Applications for Fall 2020 **

Positions are limited and applications are competitive. Please apply early. For applicants that do not get accepted into a position, we recommend they apply for a semester or academic year role in a Wellness and Education program before applying to clinic again. Volunteers who have participated in other programs and meet required qualifications receive priority for our more competitive positions.

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

(Sessions. Academic Year: September – May; Summer: May – August). See application for specific dates. Admin/Flow Coordinators take an active role in organizing patient and volunteer flow, managing patient records, and assisting staff, physicians and all providers in the running of the health clinic.​ ​These roles provides coordinators with valuable insight and experience in patient care and navigation, public health and non-profit primary care clinic functions. Eligibility: Available to Post-Bacc and Undergraduate Students. 

Application Deadlines:

Academic year/Fall: August 25th

Spring 2020: December 20th

Summer: April 25th

** Disclaimer: Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, only students from medical schools that have granted explicit approval of in-person volunteer opportunities from their dean will be able to volunteer in person at the clinic. This will depend on the medical school program and the current state of the pandemic– ie: approvals are fluid and can be given and revoked as the semester progresses. The expectation is that all volunteers will follow the volunteering policies of both Puentes de Salud and their home institution upon acceptance as a Puentes volunteer. This expectation includes but is not limited to bringing and wearing appropriate PPE on the premises of Puentes de Salud. If your program changes its policy and allows in-person volunteering during this semester, then we will notify previously accepted applicants. **

Please contact us at volunteer@puentesdesalud.org with questions.

Description: This position gives students an active role in the process of patient triage care through Intake and Vitals. Students will be responsible for taking vital signs and a brief history when patients first present to clinic, along with the opportunity to shadow and at times interpret patient visits. Students will work closely with Puentes staff and healthcare professionals to ensure the clinic runs smoothly. Students will gain a deeper understanding of cultural sensitivity and social determinants of health that impact vulnerable communities. Further description of the position can be seen on the application.

Eligibility: This position is only to medical students (MD/DO) and physician assistant students in their pre-clinical years. Third and fourth year medical students are encouraged to apply to the Clinical II role.

Schedule: Mondays 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Mondays 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,  Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Application Deadlines:

Academic year/Fall: August 25th

Spring 2020: December 20th

Summer: April 25th

To apply:

  1. Go to www.puentesapp.org
  2. Click on “Sign Up” at the bottom of the website home page.
  3. Create an account and password.
  4. You will receive an email to the account you sign up with. Confirm your account via the emailed link.
  5. Log in to puentesapp.org. Click on “Become a Clinic Volunteer.”
  6. Please read the position description, requirements, and deadlines carefully.
  7. Complete and submit the application, including a link to your CV.
  8. Thank you for submitting your application to Puentes! We will reach out to you with an application decision within 1-2 weeks of the application deadline.

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

(Sessions. Academic Year: September – May; Summer: May – August). See application for specific dates. The Clinical II Volunteer position provides a great opportunity for third and fourth year medical students (MS3, MS4), PA, dental and graduate nursing students to gain experience shadowing a provider and learning how to conduct a patient interview. Select Medical MS3 and MS4 students are sometimes allowed to conduct the majority of a patient interview and learn how to report back to the provider with their findings. Please note we are unable to accommodate first and second year medical, undergraduate or post-bacc students.

Eligibility: This position is open only to third and fourth-year medical students who speak Spanish fluently and have completed their 3rd year Internal Medicine clerkship.

Application Deadlines:

Academic year/Fall: August 25th

Spring: December 20th

Summer: April 25th

Graduate Student Coordinators

Puentes de Salud has developed a highly organized student coordinator structure. Positions listed below. While there are tremendous rewards, and many opportunities for patient contact in all of these roles, the success of the Puentes Clinic requires a significant amount of time management and communication with fellow coordinators and staff.

Eligibility: Coordinator positions are available to highly responsible and independent graduate, professional, public health, post-bac, medical, and nursing students.  Bachelor’s degree required. Microsoft proficiency required. A minimum of a one-year service term January – January is required. Preference is given to current and previous Puentes volunteers. Advanced Spanish fluency is required for all positions. Note each position may have additional requirements. Positions are limited and competitive, please apply early.  Decisions will be made via email. Contact us with any questions at studentchair@puentesdesalud.org.

  • Recruit volunteers to give patient information sessions in clinic waiting room
  • Oversee development of new charlas and improvement of existing charlas
  • Oversee and maintain the charlas archives
  • Coordinate waiting room talks from other organizations
  •  Ensure that volunteers and providers staff clinic shifts
  • Send weekly reminders to volunteers and providers
  • Work closely with Nurse Liaison and Administrator to identify specific needs and appointments at the clinic
  • Provide clinic support with equipment, administration, and facilities
  • Manage Puentes’ social media presence (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Manage the Puentes de Salud website (puentesdesalud.org) in both English and Spanish
  • Disseminate information within the Puentes community in a timely manner
  • Maintain and update information about Puentes services
  • Support Promotoras with planning community-based projects, outreach, and events
  • Recruit volunteers and organize targeted outreach efforts to strengthen collaboration with the community by taking on special projects
  • Develop and distribute the clinic’s monthly internal newsletter
  • Organize team coherence building activities
  • Work with Puentes’ Assistant Medical Director to meet health system navigation needed by patients
  • Assist in the development of case management programs for complex case patients identified by Puentes providers
  • Supervise volunteers in provision of individual outreach and follow-up care projects
  • Maintain an evaluation of programs and health centers utilized by patients
  • Serve as patient navigator/interpreter/advocate while at reference centers
  • Recruit, train, and support new and current volunteers
  • Respond to inquiries from interested volunteers
  • Keep track of volunteer applications and qualifications
  • Communicate with Puentes programs, outside organizations, community, and other schools for training and outreach

Wellness & Education Opportunities

We recommend that potential volunteers apply early as positions may be limited and applications are competitive. However, if you missed a Wellness and Education program deadline you may contact the program directly to inquire about any remaining open slots.

 

STAY TUNED FOR UPCOMING POSITIONS FOR FALL 2020