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CORE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

This program is open to undergraduate students and postgraduate (alumni) only.

Becoming a Volunteer

During each volunteer cycle, APHF receives a number of exceptional applicants. The volunteer cohort for Asian Pacific Health Foundation has become increasingly diverse while maintaining the professionalism, integrity, and scale required to personally serve our local community. 

 

As a volunteer with Asian Pacific Health Foundation, you will have the opportunity to rotate between a variety of screening and education stations (hypertension and obesity, vision health, diabetes/cholesterol, hepatitis B, health knowledge assessment and consultation) at different outreaches throughout your term. You will not only be able to learn how to operate the unique point-of-care equipment APHF offers, but also how to engage and interact with patients with professionalism and respect.

 

The commitment term for our organization is at least one year. While we do not expect your attendance at every event, we do expect you to show interest in attending the majority of them. There is a mandatory membership fee of $25 upon acceptance that will cover any food and operation costs for our outreaches; contact volunteer@aphfsd.org. if you would experience financial difficulties to pay the fee.

 

If you have any conflicts during your application or volunteer term or have further questions regarding our organization, see our page of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for assistance. If your question or concern is not addressed after visiting the FAQs page, please email volunteer@aphfsd.org.

 

Thank you for your interest in joining our APHF team!

Program Expectations

This program is open to undergraduate students and postgraduates (alumni) only. For graduate students, APHF also offers a Graduate Volunteer Program.

COVID-19 Updates

While the WHO declared on May 11th, 2023 that COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency, APHF continues to practice safety precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. APHF hosts virtual educational conferences and workshops AND in-person educational and clinical outreaches with safety precautions such as optional mask-wearing and required COVID-19 series vaccinations of all volunteers.

What APHF Expects from Core Volunteers

  • Professional conduct during outreaches and through any correspondence with staff and community members

  • Respectful engagement with outreach participants, volunteer staff, and volunteer health professionals

  • Completion of Volunteer Onboarding, which includes both virtual and in-person training components

  • Payment of membership fee ($25)

  • Proof of completion of entire COVID-19 vaccination series with recommended boosters

  • Fulfillment of a 1-year member term and participation in at least 1 APHF event every 3 months

  • Participation at in-person APHF events in business casual attire and closed-toe shoes (see Types of APHF Events section for description of event descriptions)

  • Scheduled time for monthly outreaches within the 3-4 weeks prior to the event; personal or family emergencies or direct time conflicts of outreaches with exams or other paid employment are valid excuses for absence at events after a volunteer has been selected for the outreach

  • Prompt communication with APHF staff in the event of any emergency or other circumstance that would prevent a volunteer from attending outreaches and/or conflict with the completion of their membership term

  • It is highly recommended that a volunteer has a reliable form of transportation to travel to outreach sites; however, at least one staff member or volunteer can provide rides to each outreach event

What to Expect from Us

  • Opportunity to serve minorities and at risk populations through educational and clinical outreaches within the community in San Diego County

  • Development of patient care, leadership, communication, and project management skills

  • Professionalism and Integrity

  • Mentorship and a network of healthcare professionals

  • Thorough training on APHF's mission, venue setup, data collection and processing, healthcare equipment operation, and direct patient care recommendations

  • Assistance with transportation during outreaches if the volunteer does not have a reliable form of transportation

  • Program Coordinators will generally respond to emails within 48 hours. If you do not hear back after 48 hours have passed, please follow-up with an email.

Events and Event Guidelines

Types of APHF Events

On average, there are 1-2 in-person events per month that volunteers may register for. That said, outreaches are not based on a routine schedule and instead are dependent on the number of venues scheduled, so the number of outreaches may vary per month.

  • Clinical Outreaches: APHF either hosts clinical outreaches or collaborates with other community health organizations to provide free health screenings, medical education, and consultations to community members

  • Educational Outreaches: APHF staff members and volunteers enter community settings to provide free medical education on medical conditions and/or diseases such as Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B to community members; no health screenings or consultations are performed at educational outreaches

  • Virtual Education Conferences: Our healthcare providers present information on various health topics such as viral hepatitis, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, mental health, COVID-19, and more.

  • Virtual Workshops: Our staff members host interactive workshops to provide more information and assist you with clinical skills, medical/pharmacy school applications, MCAT process, and more.

General Volunteer Guidelines for In-Person Outreaches

  • For each upcoming outreach, registration emails are sent 3 weeks in advance of outreaches to allow volunteers enough time to arrange their schedule.

  • Program Coordinators will select from the pool of volunteers who have filled out an event registration form. Selected volunteers will be notified 1 week in advance. In the event that there is an insufficient number of registered volunteers, volunteers will be randomly selected. Once selected, attendance at the outreach is mandatory unless a volunteer provides notice prior to the event.

  • Selected volunteers will be notified of their station assignment before the outreach and may also be randomly selected to join the equipment team.

  • Transportation to outreaches will be provided on request – each Selection Email will include a list of volunteers or Program Coordinators providing carpool. It is the volunteer’s responsibility to acquire transportation.

For Conditionally Accepted Volunteers ONLY

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