Puentes de Salud attracts more than 200 active student and faculty volunteers from eleven colleges and universities throughout the Philadelphia region. We rely on the diverse skills of the volunteer staff who support our clinical, educational and wellness programs. Our comprehensive strategy for improving the health of Philadelphia’s Latino 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 Latino health firsthand through supervised volunteer work at our various programs. All volunteer opportunities require an application process.
Please Note: we are unable to accept visiting or Walk-In volunteers, student research proposals, or short-term class project/paper volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please see the volunteer options below. Contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a 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 email@example.com
In-Service Speaker Series
The Puentes de Salud In-Service training series is a year-long series of lectures focusing on the social determinants of health. The lectures are also a key component of Puentes de Salud’s Escolares program, which exposes volunteers to the social determinants of health through lectures, reflection sessions, and volunteer experiences. The In-Service series focus on issues of community health, health care for uninsured and marginalized populations, cultural sensitivity in health care, and issues relevant to Latino health. Volunteers from all backgrounds in the Puentes de Salud community are welcome. Presentations are geared towards clinic volunteer students and providers. They are presented in English for one hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on a Monday or Wednesday. If you or your organization would like to be a guest speaker please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clinic Intake and Vitals (MS1/MS2)
Applications open for fall!
Academic Year (September – May), Summer (May – August). The purpose of these positions is to expose students to innovative non-profit health and wellness models. This position gives students an active role in the process of patient triage care through In-take and Vitals. Students will work closely with healthcare professionals and medical students. This position provides valuable mentorship for students considering or preparing for health professions. Students will gain insight and understanding of cultural sensitivity, as well as clinical and social determinants of health that impact vulnerable communities. *Intake and vitals positions are only for current MS1-MS4 medical students or those beginning medical school in July/August.* Application deadlines for Fall: Final deadline: August 31st and mandatory orientation/training day: September 8th. Apply here: Puentes de Salud Clinic Internship Application
Clinical Volunteer (MS3/MS4)
The Clinical 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. Apply Here: Volunteer Interest Form
Clinic Admin/Flow Coordinators
Applications open for fall!
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. This roles provides coordinators with valuable insight and experience in patient care and navigation, public health and non-profit primary care clinic functions. Available to Post-Bacc and Undergraduate Students. Fall application deadline: Final deadline: August 31st and mandatory orientation/training day: September 8th. Apply here: Admin/Flow Coordinator Application Contact us with any questions: email@example.com
Graduate Student Coordinators
Puentes de Salud has developed a highly organized student coordinator structure to fill 6 positions that manage communication, clinical and general volunteers, community engagement, Charla program, and complex care. All coordinators attend clinic every 2-3 weeks to support patient and volunteer flow. 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 & Requirements: 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 – December is required. Preference is given to current and previous Puentes volunteers. Note each position may have additional requirements. Positions are limited and competitive, please apply early. Interviews occur each November/December to begin the following January. You may choose up to two preferred roles in your application, final position is assigned. Contact us with any questions at studentchair@puentesdesalud
Student Coordinator Positions Include: