The PNC has numerous partnerships within the community where we are working together to ensure that residents have access to high quality care. PNC volunteers are coming into the clinic with many different backgrounds and experiences; however, it is important for volunteers to remember that no two communities are exactly the same. The best way to learn about our patient population is to spend time in the community.
The two main goals of outreach for our volunteers are:
1. Provide clinic volunteers with the opportunity to work in the community outside of the clinic setting in order to begin learning more about the lives of their patients, which will enable volunteers to provide better care within the clinic.
2. Increase the presence of the PNC within the community, so that all residents are aware that the PNC is an available resource, and also so community members will know that the PNC is committed to increasing more than just the physical health of the community.
The following activities provide our volunteers with opportunities to work in the community, and also provide the community with needed services:
Being able to communicate health topics effectively is important to all professions. PNC students provide different types of health education to various groups at the Sabathani Community Center, Franklin Public Library, Minneapolis American Indian Center (Golden Eagles) and Project for Pride in Living. At these sites PNC volunteers practice talking about health and wellness, and community members have the opportunity to learn a little more about health and wellness, and also influence how future doctors, nurses, physical therapists, etc. communicate with their patients.
The US population is incredibly dynamic, and being able to communicate with individuals who speak English as a second language is a valuable skill when entering the workforce, and also important in providing quality care to patients. PNC students work with non-native English speakers at Centro and the Franklin Public Library. At these sites PNC volunteers learn how to work with non-native English speakers, and individuals who are new to the United States have the opportunity to increase their comfort level with health care professionals.
There are several other activities that PNC volunteers are involved in, including writing articles for the PNC Newsletter, contacting legislators as part of the Legislative Advocacy group, delivering hot meals for Open Arms, providing resources for clients of Loaves and Fishes and telling the stories of the elders at the Powderhorn Phillips Cultural Wellness Center. Through these different activities, PNC volunteers have the opportunity to develop skills which will help them in practice, and also provide service to the community.
If your organization has an opportunity for PNC volunteers, please feel free to contact the current Community Relations Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.