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DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

NOW OPEN to a limited number of new volunteers (preferably with Spanish or Creole proficiency) to staff the weekly clinic at:

Resistencia en Salud

Monday to Thursday 12-5pm.

Remote Volunteer Opportunities:

 

  • Fundraising

  • Mental Health Team

    • Assisting MH team with various needs such as developing documents, materials, volunteer communication, maintaining and building online 

 

Please email rha@refugeehealthalliance.org if you are interested in doing any of the above remote volunteering opportunities.

 

PLEASE SEE HERE HOW YOU CAN CONTINUE TO BE A PART OF RHA DURING THIS TIME. Please check back here for further updates on joining us! We greatly appreciate your continued support!!!

 

Come join the refugee health alliance as a volunteer in Tijuana. We have regular volunteer opportunities. 

We require all volunteers to sign up in advance using the Google doc linked above. 

Registered volunteers will receive a confirmation email with a date and meet-up information 1-2 weeks prior to trip date. 

Unregistered volunteers will be turned away secondary to safety and licensure concerns.

Application Deadline

Applications can be submitted at any time. If there is a need for volunteers, applicants will be notified by email for an interview. Please note that due to the pandemic, we are limiting the number of volunteers we can have at one time.​

 
On the Ground Provider (NP, MD, DO, PA) Volunteer Opportunities

 

Requirements

  • Must be proficient in Spanish or bring/hire own translator

  • Must be willing to help with non-clinical needs of the clinic if needed

On the Ground Provider Nurse Volunteer Opportunities

Requirements:

  • Must be proficient in Spanish or bring/hire own translator

  • Must be willing to help with non-clinical needs of the clinic if needed

On the Ground Non-Clinician Volunteer Opportunities

*** Volunteers will be offered the COVID-19 Vaccine

 

2021- 2022 On the ground full time coordinator (5) 

Requirements

  • See application for position requirements

 

Available Positions (Including start and end dates):

  1. Spring 21’ Coord:  Feb 7, 2021 - May 21, 2021

  2. Summer ’21 Coord 1: July 5, 2021 - Sept 10, 2021

  3. Summer 21’ Coord 2: May 24, 2021 - Aug 19, 2021

  4. Fall 21’-Spring 22’ Coord 1: Aug 23, 2021 - May 20, 2022

  5. Fall ’21-Spring ’22 Coord 2: Sept 13, 2021 - Jun 17, 2022

 

Application Deadline Friday, February 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM

  • Applications for the Spring 21’ Coord will be reviewed on a rolling basis

  • Please email mikaela@refugeehealthalliance.org if you need an extension on the deadline.

 

Interviews for selected applicants will be conducted in February

On the Ground Resistencia General Volunteer Opportunities

Requirements:

  • Must be able to provide their own housing and transportation. Subsidized housing may be available for those in financial need. Please indicate in the “Additional Notes” section of your application if you would like to apply.Must be proficient in Spanish or bring/hire own translator

Responsibilities

  • Triaging (must be proficient in Spanish), organizing donations, running errands (such as buying supplies), ultimately helping wherever is needed

  • If you are an MS4 and would like to help see patients, please indicate that in the “Additional Notes” section of your application.

 

 

Application deadline

Applications can be submitted at any time. If there is a need for volunteers, applicants will be notified by email for an interview. Please note that due to the pandemic, we are limiting the number of volunteers we can have at one time.

Mental Health Volunteer Opportunities

The Refugee Health Alliance Mental Health team is rapidly growing, but the need for help is growing even faster. We’re looking for more volunteers who can be involved either remotely online or in person in Tijuana, Mexico– even a couple hours every 1 to 2 months helps.

 

Task options:

  • Writing mental health parole letters (1 page letters by any licensed mental health professional)

  • Being on call for a consultation call line

  • Provide mental health support to migrants or staff remotely or in person and other tasks as interested 

While Spanish and/or Creole speaking is preferred, it is not required. Folks who aren’t clinicians but can translate or help with technical issues are also welcome. Please complete this form if you’re interested or email rhabienestar@gmail.com

Resident elective with RHA 

Duration: 2 (minimum) - 4 weeks

 

Role and responsibilities: This is a 2 to 4 week resident rotation for internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine or obgyn residents. The day to day responsibilities includes clinical work at the Refugee Health Alliance clinic Monday-Friday (9am-2pm) during which time you will see approximately 15-30 patients a day, a quality improvement project, and a teaching requirement. All unlicensed residents who are not independent practitioners in their own states will be supervised by a licensed provider. 

 

Requirements: Must be at least a PGY-2.  Must be able to commit at least 2 weeks but ideally 4 weeks of elective time. Spanish language proficiency (able to do interview and medical charting in Spanish) or an independent plan for translation services is required.

 

About the clinic: Refugee Health Alliances serves vulnerable patients at the US-Mexico border, primarily refugees currently awaiting to present themselves for asylum. There are a wide range of medical conditions seen at the clinic, including anything from viral upper respiratory tract infections to more complicated management of chronic diseases (eg HTN, DM). We see a cohort of prenatal patients and assist them throughout their pregnancies along with a local midwife. RHA also serves the LGBTQIA+ refugee community, with provision of culturally competent services and  hormonal therapy. In addition to refugees, the clinic also serves a variety of populations a the border including deportees and internally displaced individuals. This includes the provision of harm reduction services. At the clinic we also perform minor procedures such as I&D of abscesses, Nexplanon removals, chronic wound care, lipoma excisions, laceration repairs, toe nail removals, etc.

 

Skills you will learn: As a resident rotator you will have the unique privilege of serving an under-resourced population. You will have the opportunity to learn about trauma-informed care, immigration/refugee health care, LGBTQIA+ heath, prenatal care, and care in low resource settings. 

 

Safety: While Tijuana can be a dangerous place, previous resident volunteers have felt very comfortable staying/living in Tijuana for the month. Please use your best judgement while staying in Tijuana. Chose a place to live that is close to clinic and avoid walking along after dark. However, if using common sense and judgment, no residents have had any safety issues while staying in Tijuana. 

 

Housing: There are plenty of hotels and airbnbs available in Tijuana very close to clinic. There is also the option of staying in San Diego although this would involve a longer commute in the morning. 

 

Cost: RHA is not able to provide funding for residents at this time, thus the cost of housing, food and transportation to and from the rotation falls to the resident. However, many programs offer funding for residents to participate in abroad electives. We ask that residents attempt to fundraise for the clinic in advance of their rotation. Please ask your specific residency program about funding opportunities. 

 

For more information, please contact our prior resident volunteer Elena Hill, MD/MPH at ehill3047@gmail.com

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