HealthLinks at MUSC
HEALTHLINKS IS NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.
What is HealthLinks?
HealthLinks is an MUSC-initiated program that utilizes student volunteers to assist patients with accessing resources in their local communities in order to promote overall patient health and well being. The program was started in response to the growing challenges faced by many MUSC patients and families as a result of economic hardships in recent years. In order for patients and their families to maintain optimal health, they must have access to the basics - adequate nutrition, clean and safe housing, access to education and job training, and appropriate childcare. HealthLinks volunteers work closely with patients and families to identify their needs, connect them with resources, and ensure appropriate follow up. The result is a prescription for long-term health maintenance in addition to short-term treatment.
Where is HealthLinks located?
The HealthLinks "help desk" is located in the Pediatric Primary Care clinic on the 3rd floor of Rutledge Tower. HealthLinks volunteers can be seen sitting at the registration counter immediately to the right when coming off of the elevator. HealthLinks volunteers are on-site to assist patients from 10 AM until 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
What patients does HealthLinks currently serve?
HealthLinks is currently serving pediatric patients and their families that have outpatient appointments at Rutledge Tower. This includes the pediatric primary care as well as pediatric specialty care patients and families. HealthLinks is available to these patients regardless of income, insurance, or geographic location.
HealthLinks is currently NOT seeking volunteers. Please check back in June to see if we have any opportunities. Once the program is open, applications are available for volunteers enrolled in an accredited, degree-seeking, graduate, undergraduate, law, or medicine program. Undergraduate students must be in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year to apply to the program. Additionally, volunteers are required to commit to the same three-hour shift each week for the duration of a semester. All volunteers must apply through the Volunteer Services office and complete all Volunteer Service requirements prior to beginning their service as a HealthLinks volunteer. Volunteers will also receive training on locating and accessing local resources, state and federal benefit programs, and HealthLinks protocol and procedure by HealthLinks staff prior to their start date.