We are pleased to announce that VHIO will be collaborating with Partners in D, a UCSF student-run project. They have outreach clinics where student pharmacists counsel patients on their medications assess the best drug combination and help them find the most cost-effective plan under Medicare Part D. I have interpreted for them before and personally found it very rewarding. Since they work with the under-served community, the project really means a lot to the patients because we can help them lower costs.
Interpreters are needed for Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and Spanish. Please come to the info session at the end of our Decal: it will be from 7:15-8pm this Thursday 9/29 in B51 Hildebrand. The coordinators will be coming from UCSF to give a presentation.
As guest speaker Wendy Tseng discussed during our orientation, VHIO volunteers have the opportunity to participate in SRO-CHIP, the Single-Room Occupancy Community Health Initiative Project. Led by UCSF students, it aims to promote health and wellness is SF’s SRO residents by giving a series of workshops. VHIO volunteers can help in developing the curricula for the workshops as well as providing interpretation and designing skits to perform during the workshops. The dates and times are listed under the Events tab. We will send out reminder emails for those of you who want to participate.
Thank you very much for applying to VHIO! We are in the process of scheduling interviews, so keep posted on email and the phone number you listed on your application. Before we interview you, we will make sure that we have confirmed with you, so don’t worry about missing your interview time.
We received a record number of applications this year and unfortunately were unable to offer interviews to many qualified applicants. We encourage you to reapply next year.
Dear fellow Cal student/community member,
During Calapalooza and other events, we have gotten a lot of questions from people who are interested in healthcare interpretation, but who do not speak one of the languages we currently are actively recruiting for. VHIO currently does not have the infrastructure for languages besides the 5 that we have listed. What that really means is that a lot of work has been done and is ongoing in each of the five languages to outreach and set up opportunities for volunteers in those 5 languages, but we don’t have something equivalent for other languages.
What we want to impress upon everyone is that VHIO is a continually growing organization. Each of the 5 languages we have now have have been at point zero in the past, and previous volunteers have taken the time to set up each community partnership. VHIO is interested in expanding to more languages, but we will not be able to lead the initiative this semester, as our main focus will be with our new Spanish group. If you are interested in healthcare interpreting in your language, here are two ways you can get involved with VHIO:
1. Start your own project in your language. For this, send in a VHIO application so that we can get to know you and discuss what you plan to do with us. If the application process goes well, we will welcome you into VHIO to start your own project. This would entail first researching the demographics in this area and compiling lists of community organizations that you could reach out into. From here, if it looks promising, there is potential to move onto further recruitment. From our standpoint, we can help you get started by sharing our past experiences, our interpretation resources, and guide you through the semester, but the main initiative for setting up the project will come from you.
2. If you aren’t interested in starting a new language branch, you can also email us with your information. Sometimes community organizations ask for interpretation in languages that we do not currently have, so we can forward those requests to you directly.
Let us know if you have more questions.
VHIO Officer Board
Thank you everyone who came out today! Today we had approximately 24 new patients, and out of those new patients 22 of them were Koreans! Thanks to our tabling at the Korean Cultural Festival last weekend, a teacher at a local Korean center attended the festival and recommended her students to visit the clinic.
Another exciting news is that we started our surveys this month! It is to find out how much our patients know about hepatitis B and to be able to see how effective our education program is.
From today’s clinic, we learned that maybe one good way of doing outreach is to visit community center or classes to encourage a group of people to visit together. Also, special thanks to Serena Hsia who came all the way from San Jose and Austin Kwong for volunteering at Autumn Moon Festival after Mt. Zion!
We want to thank everyone who attended our info sessions The room was crowded, but I hope all of you found it useful and got you excited about joining VHIO! In case you missed the info session or want to look at the slides again, they can be found here.
Please remember that applications are due this Monday (Labor Day) September 5th by 11:59pm!