Overview

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Why become a Community Health Mentor? This unique program allows you to share your health story with the next generation of health care professionals. Through the program, you will meet with a group of health professions students approximately every six weeks for one and a half to two hours, over the period of one year. In that time, you will talk with students about your life, your health history, your personal experiences in/with health care, what you consider the makings of a good health professional, as well as what your insurance does and does not pay for. These discussions are meant to foster meaningful relationships with students, engaging them in firsthand, real world health care experiences.

Community Health Mentor

*This program is for students in training at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix​.

Benefits and Desired Qualifications

What does a Community Health Mentor receive?

  • As a Community Health Mentor, you will receive:
    • A nutritional and home safety assessment.
    • A medication review.
    • Advance care planning and community resources.

Who can be a Community Health Mentor?

If you meet the following requirements, you are eligible:

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Have at least one chronic medical condition, such as:
    • Heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease or arthritis.
  • Able to make a two-year commitment.
  • Must have a primary care provider.
  • Must be available on Wednesday afternoons.
  • Must be able to speak on phone for 30-minutes five times per year
  • Must live or be able to travel within 20 minutes of Downtown Phoenix.
Date Topic
Wednesday
April 25, 2018

Medical History and Medication Management

Wednesday
May 30, 2018
Community Barriers
Wednesday
July 18, 2018

Functional Assessment (ADLs and IADLs)

Wednesday
October 24, 2018
Nutrition
Wednesday
November 28, 2018
Home Needs Assessment
Wednesday
January 30, 2019
Advanced Directives
Wednesday
March 13, 2019
Advocacy and Celebration at our Downtown Phoenix Campus

Testimonials

“All in all, these mentors helped mold us from young medical students into full-fledged humanistic physicians with lessons on the real-world workings of health care that we will use in our practices forever and for that, we cannot be more thankful.” — Haig A., Medical Student, Class of 2018

“I felt honored to have the opportunity to spend time with young people who were just starting in the medical field. As it was explained to me, I would have a chance to share things from a patient’s point of view in ways that students would not learn in school. I highly recommend this program to other potential mentors.” — Bev L., Community Health Mentor

“I’m honored to be involved with this program. I know that we are supposed to be the mentor in this program, but I’ve learned so much. I hope you learned from us how to relate to people who have a condition or disability. I know that all of you will be great teachers, and I look forward to seeing you in the medical field having successful careers.” — Don P., Community Health Mentor

For information on how to become a Community Health Mentor, please contact us or fill out the interest form.

*Volunteering to become a Community Health Mentor does not require you to answer any questions you may be uncomfortable with. Mentors are also advised not to ask students for medical or rehabilitation advice. As students, they are still in training and, therefore, are not yet qualified to provide independent medical advice.