The University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Family and Community Medicine is heavily involved with fellow, resident, and medical student teaching at the UC College of Medicine. Faculty members at their clinical sites provide care to a variety of populations from varying socioeconomic backgrounds and also practice in hospitals and extended-care facilities. In addition, the Department sponsors a broad array of community service programs, providing free health care to many underserved patients in the area, including the homeless, Hispanic immigrants, troubled and disadvantaged youth, and the elderly. Urban Health Project interns provide assistance at the Belterra Racetrack Clinic, update the Community and Homeless Resource Map, shadow primary care physicians with the Healthcare for the Homeless program, and participate in other projects as needed.
The intern will...
- Gain a better understanding of the barriers to health care access the populations served by this site face and of the community service agencies assisting these populations.
- Be involved in direct patient care, coordination of clinic services, identification of community and homeless services, evaluation of opportunities for growth of the programs, and community outreach.
- Work at the Belterra Race Track Clinic, a free clinic for workers that live and work on the “backside” of the track, on Moday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Assist in providing patient care, coordinating clinic sessions, organizing health fairs, administering TB testing, etc.
- Compile the clinic demographics and statistics about the health care provided.
- Setup clinic referrals, appointments, and transportation.
- If applicable, serve as an interpreter for patients who speak Spanish or have low proficiency in English.
- Update the Community and Homeless Resource Map. The map lists resources available in the Greater Cincinnati area with a special focus on resources for people who are homeless. The map is distributed to community agencies and homeless shelters throughout the region. The interns accomplish this by:
- Contacting agencies on the map and then using Excel and Adobe Illustrator to make changes.
- Visiting sites on the map.
- Coordinating the distribution of the map.
- Dr. Kiesler is open to personal projects at the clinic and is flexible with an individual's personal ideas on improving the resource map and clinic such as using surveys, focus groups, outreach, etc.
- Note: Applicants with Spanish speaking skills are preferred, but not required, as the Race Track Clinic provides interpreters.