Community Advocates are student volunteers who screen patients for basic resource needs and "prescribe" resources like food and heat. They work with these patients to “fill” those prescriptions by accessing community resources and public benefits.
For families who need help getting basic needs, Community Advocates provide access to wide range of local community resources and services aimed at keeping them healthy.
Community Advocates can help patients find:
- Primary care
- Specialty care
- Dental care
- Medication costs assistance
- After-school programs
- Safe housing
- Transportation to medical appointments
- Utilities (gas and electric)
With permission, Community Advocates will work closely with patients to
- Identify appropriate community resources
- Review eligibility for services
- Follow up to make sure services are received
Becoming a Community Advocate
Bridgeport Hospital is recruiting students to become Community Advocates.
- Weekly 4 hour shift at the hospital working one-on-one with clients
- 3 hours a week client follow-up
- 1 hour a week training session
- Two-semester commitment
- Be enrolled full-time at Southern Connecticut State University or Sacred Heart University.
- Complete Bridgeport Hospital's volunteer clearance process
- Participate in 2-day weekend advocate bootcamp training
- Complete HIPAA training
- High level of empathy and self-awareness
- Excellent problem solving skills
- Demonstrated persistence in a personal or professional environment
- Passion for program mission and working with families in underserved communities
- Strong time and self-management skills
Interested students should contact Liza.Estevez@ynhh.org.