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Service Link is a great opportunity to interact with patients and make a significant difference in their lives. A program started by Penn's Center for Public Health Initiatives, Service Link sends undergraduate, medical, MPH, and law students to the J. Edwin Wood Clinic at Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Family Care at Penn Presbyterian, and the Sayre Health Center, where volunteers assist the clinics in addressing the patients' non-medical determinants of health. At the sites, volunteers work closely with patients in an intimate setting to secure basic living and health needs through government assistant programs. Patients who may benefit from Service Link are sent to volunteers who play a vital role in conveying important information to the patients, making sure the patients understand their health issues, helping them apply for welfare benefits, and assisting patients with other needs, like securing transportation to their next appointment and addressing food insecurity. In this way, Service Link helps the clinics better address the non-medical determinants of health while giving volunteers the chance to interact with many patients in a unique way.
Volunteers should be prepared to dedicate 4 hour blocks at least twice per month to the program and must attend a mandatory training on September 20th, from1-5pm. To apply, please complete the application by 11:59pm on September 15th.
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- Service Link's overall mission is to improve the health of low-income patients in Philadelphia by linking them with a variety of benefits that they have a right to attain under current US legislation.
- Service Link focuses on addressing the social determinants of health through education and community engagement.
- Service Link trains public health students, undergraduates, nursing, social work, law and medical students to assist low-income patients to access services that improve health and quality of life (e.g. utilities assistance, specialty referral appointments, SNAP [food stamps] and other public benefits).
To see the conceptual approach for Service Link, click here. Our model builds on a model first initiated by the successful Health Leads program headquartered in Boston. The project has over 20 volunteers and is organized by a medical student graduate group recognized by GAPSA, as well as by an undergraduate student group recognized by CHAC.
The Center for Public Health Initiatives supports, helps to manage, and launched this project. Currently volunteers are placed at Sayre Health Center. Starting February 2013, students will also be placed at the J. Edwin Wood Clinic at Pennsylvania Hospital.
Neel Koyawala - Director of Operations and Communication, Clinic Liaison for Penn Family Care/CHAC Representative
Eric Temmel - Representative for Penn Law/Toll Center for Public Interest
Esha Khurana - Medical School/GAPSA Representative
Mouhamed Diop - Medical School/GAPSA Representative, Clinic Liaison for Sayre Health Center
Adam Akpinar - Clinic Liaison for J. Edwin Wood Clinic Undergraduate
Tara McDowell - MPH student represtnative, Clinic Liaison for PCPC Refugee Clinic
To see an organizational chart, click here.