Volunteer opportunity posted by: Academy of Medical & Public Health Services
Posted on: February 2, 2013
Position Description: The Academy of Medical & Public Health Services holds free in-house health screenings the third Saturday of every month, as well as community health fairs with partner organizations throughout the year, where our volunteers help underprivileged community members in the New York City (and in particular, the Brooklyn Sunset Park area) conduct regular disease screenings. Most of the screening participants lack health insurance or experience language barriers that prevent them from accessing available health resources. For many of the community members that come in, it is their first time receiving a health assessment in many years; after assessing their conditions, we help connect them to resources (such as free clinics) in the local neighborhood.
During these events, our volunteers measure screening participants' BMI, visual acuity, blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, oculomotor function, pupillary reflex, and oxygen saturation levels; we are also offering free HIV testing in collaboration with the Interfaith Medical Center, as well as memory screenings for Alzheimer's disease. At the beginning of the screening, AMPHS volunteers distribute health surveys through which we collect health data that we use to analyze community health trends and develop education programs.
The clinical volunteer will be responsible for presiding at or attending these health screening events, either with AMPHS or with AMPHS's partners (may or may not land on a Saturday and may or may not be in Brooklyn), to conduct basic screening procedures as well as a medical specialty screenings depending on the volunteer's medical background. Volunteers may also be asked to host educational workshops based on their medical expertise. We are looking for volunteers to preside over the screenings with sufficient medical training, such as nurses, physician assistants, physicians, social workers, psychologists, or any other medical professional. There is particular need for medical professionals who are able to perform all or some of the skills listed above and/or are able to provide additional services, such as health counseling.
Qualifications: Prior training, certification, or medical licensure (e.g. RN, MD, DO, Ph.D. etc.) in respective areas of expertise is required. The candidate must express enthusiasm to serve and counsel community members and be passionate about working with a diverse population. Proficiency in a foreign language is a plus.