Volunteering With Street Med PHX

Where Human Kindness Begins!

Who Can Apply?

Fill out this application to volunteer with Street Medicine Phoenix. All roles provide direct patient contact experience. All clinical student volunteers must be affiliated with UofA, ASU or NAU.

Undergraduate Majors

Graduate Disciplines

Health Professionals

Biology & Society

Biological Sciences  

Global Health   

Biochemistry   

Nutrition  

Marketing  

Journalism  

Business  

Chemical Engineering

Computer Science   

Electrical Engineering   

Kinesiology   

Biomedical Engineering   

Psychology   

Political Science   

Communication   

Cosmetology   

Exercise & Wellness   

Supply Chain Management

Medicine 

Public Health 

Physical Therapy 

Physician Assistant 

Nursing 

Audiology 

Pharmacy 

Social Work 

Occupational Therapy 

Nutrition 

SP Students 

DNP Students 

PHMNP Students 

Law 

Psychology ​

Medicine 

Nursing 

Nurse Practitioner 

Physical Therapy 

Public Health

Occupational Therapy 

Social Work 

Audiology 

Physician Assistant 

Community Health Workers 

Nutrition 

Speech Pathology 

Pharmacy 

Psychology 

Cosmetology

Fill out application with CV or resume 

Submit vaccination record(s): 

-TB annually  

-MMR  

-Hep B series  

-Influenza annually  

-Hep A series  

-Tdap or Td  

Submit BLS/CPR certification (must not be expired) 

Submit proof of completion of CITI training(s): 

-HIPAA  

-Blood borne pathogens

Credentialing through SHOW Clinic

Volunteer application with CV and/or resume

CITI training for UofA, ASU, and NAU faculty

-HIPAA annually

-Blood borne pathogen annually

Immunization(s): MMR, Hep B series, Hep A series, Tdap or Td

Annual TB skin test and influenza vaccination

BLS/CPR and ACLS every 2 years

Credentialing paperwork (MD, DO, PA-C, NP providers only)

Board certification, DEA license, state licensure, and dispensing privileges (if applicable) 

All student volunteers and clinical preceptors who wish to join Street Medicine Phoenix, must complete the designated application. SHOW Clinic will be processing all applications and on-boarding for both students and preceptors. 

If you have any specific questions regarding requirements and/or status of your application, please email applications@showaz.org.

Street Runs dates, times, and site locations vary. So please read all corresponding emails sent from SMP/SHOW Clinic

Students and preceptors will be notified where to meet prior to the Street Run

Most Street Runs will take place in the parks in the Downtown Phoenix area and also designated site specific locations (i.e., Grace Lutheran Church, HopeFest PHX, Human Service Campus, etc)

Prior to attending the Street Run, please read student volunteer “Roles & Responsibilities" to familiarize yourself of your role and expectation during a Street Run

Wear your Street Medicine Phoenix T-shirt or clothing apparel that designates the school you are affiliated with. Wear close-toed shoes and loose, dark-colored jeans, scrub pants, or shorts that cover most, if not all, of the thigh. The goal is to draw the patient’s attention to his or her care rather than yourself 

> Your stethoscope

> Your student ID badge

> A pen

> A note pad

> Water bottle

Why Our Volunteers Join?

"I hope to gain more exposure to the homeless population in Phoenix in order to learn about their health needs to broaden my perspective and scope of practice. As an undergraduate pre-med, I think it is valuable to develop an understanding of vulnerable populations and working with Street Medicine will provide me exposure that will ultimately make me a more educated person and better provider. I believe a good healthcare provider is aware of the needs of many patient populations and I hope this experience brings me greater awareness, while also giving back to a population that needs care." 

-Anna Yee, Current SMP Volunteer

Learning Objectives

> Describe and model an inter professional patient-centered team-based model of health care

> Identify the impact of psychosocial factors on disease and health care utilization

> Appropriately assess and identify ways to address the health care needs of patients with complex medical conditions utilizing knowledge of the interprofessional team member’s complementary roles and responsibilities, negotiation of common goals and objectives, and knowledge of socioeconomic determinants of health 

> Engage with all members of the interprofessional team using effective communication strategies in collective patient-centered problem-solving

> Demonstrate humanistic qualities in interactions with patients including the delivery of socially and ethically responsible care

> Model a person-centered approach to care for vulnerable individuals who are experiencing homelessness

Street Rules 101

Preview the patient health questionnaire to ensure understanding of and comfort with the questions that you will be asking

Set your phone to silent and only utilize your phone for emergencies 

Meet the patient at eye level by matching their position (i.e., stand if patient is standing and sit if patient is sitting)

Respect the privacy of the patient and before making physical contact, always ask for permission

Be mindful of verbal and nonverbal cues when assessing the patient’s comfort level and if necessary, adjust the location of the interview and/or your distance from the patient

Provide patient-centered care by acknowledging the patient’s priorities and discussing the patient’s health only when they are ready to address it

Be open and accepting of the patient, eliminating any assumptions, stereotypes and judgments about homeless individuals

Empower and encourage the patient when they share achievements or demonstrate progress, rather than criticizing and minimizing their efforts 

DO NOT provoke patients or other people in the surrounding area with condescending, negative, inflammatory words or actions

DO NOT wear clothing that expresses provocative messages, colors or styles

DO NOT go against the directives of your street navigator, health professional or street leader

DO NOT be late to the meeting place before the Street Run

DO NOT bring money or valuable belongings with you to the Street Run

Street Navigator

Look to the Street Navigator to direct volunteers which patients to engage and when to start and end patient interactions. The Street Navigator has final authority over the beginning and end of a patient interaction. All questions regarding the Street Run route and Street Run logistics should be directed to the Street Navigator 

Preceptor

Look to the Preceptor to oversee volunteers during their interactions with patients and assist with any questions concerning clinical engagement. The Preceptor will move from team to team to ensure quality of care for each patient

Street Leader

Look to the Street Leader to ensure safety during the Street Run. All questions regarding the Street Run procedure, “street etiquette", the patient health questionnaire, and safety should be directed to the Street Leader. The Street Leader is responsible for contacting the police and/or fire department if emergency services are required