Please note that applications are currently closed!
Thank you for your interest in applying to volunteer with Equal Access Clinic Network (EACN) Health Outreach and Quality Improvement Program (HOQI). Our dedicated undergraduate students volunteer alongside physicians and UF medical students at our clinics in a variety of ways. Our volunteer positions are a valuable experience for any student pursuing a healthcare career, and more importantly, provides care for our local underserved community in the Gainesville area. Please see below to see below how you can be involved:
HOQI Undergraduate Volunteer Program:
HOQIs play a pivotal role in patient care. Engaging directly with incoming patients, they excel in tasks ranging from data entry to essential clinic duties at our primary care clinics. Beyond the clinic setting, these volunteers take charge of coordinating patient follow-ups, including prescriptions, test results, and specialty service referrals. HOQIs are also offered opportunities for certifications in HIV Testing, Spanish-language translation, and participation in ongoing research. Their commitment entails a 3-hour office shift (Monday-Friday), a weekly clinic shift, and participation in general body meetings.
In our office environment, HOQIs provide invaluable support by managing patient care during daytime hours. Responsibilities encompass listening and reporting patient concerns via phone and email, providing information about EACN and community resources, and mastering our internal and external referral networks to ensure patients’ needs are met post-clinic. Furthermore, we encourage HOQIs to lead a quality improvement project, leaving a lasting impact on underserved communities in Alachua County through EACN. We seek candidates who are proactive, adept problem-solvers, collaborative team players, and who share an interest in social determinants of health, healthcare delivery, and patient care.
This program can fulfill course requirements in the following programs: Health Education & Behavior; Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, Health Disparities
For Applicants, please keep the following requirements in mind:
- You must be enrolled at the University of Florida and have an active @ufl.edu email address/GatorLink account.
- As a UF undergraduate student, you must have at least 3 semesters remaining.
- You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- You must plan to attend training sessions on select Sunday evenings/Saturday mornings (no more than 2 per semester).
If you have any other questions feel free to contact:
- Pallavi Kantipudi (Application Chair): email@example.com
- Matthew Richard (Undergraduate Coordinator): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Agurah Humphreys (Co-Director): email@example.com
- Caretia Washington (Co-Director): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ivy Kioutchoukova (Co-Coordinator): email@example.com
- Jamie Warner (Co-Coordinator): firstname.lastname@example.org
HOQI Undergraduate Analytics Team:
The performance improvement unit of EACN primarily manages all administrative and clinical IT systems that are used as part of operations and research. In addition with managing the IT systems, the group also manages data quality for all data collection instruments involved. Secondarily, the group conducts quality improvement and observational panel studies to inform management decisions that are aimed providing better care to patients. Students that may benefit from work with this division include, but are not limited to, those that come from academic backgrounds of statistics, prehealth, health administration, and information systems management.
HOQI Dental Clinic Team (not operational currently)
Equal Access Clinic Network (EACN) Internship
Interns with EACN provide valuable assistance by coordination patient care during daytime hours in our clinic office on campus, as well as volunteering in the free clinics during the evening at one of our 4 primary care clinic sites. Responsibilities include answering patient phone calls and emails about EACN and community resources, learning our internal and external referral networks and following up with patient needs after clinic. In addition to these basic responsibilities, we encourage our interns to develop a quality improvement project to leave a lasting impact and improve healthcare provided to the underserved community in Alachua County through EACN. The internship is an immersive 1-semester experience. There is the opportunity to extend to a second semester via a “fellowship”, which includes the same responsibilities as an intern, but also helping orient and organize the newer interns. We are looking for candidates who are self-motivated, problem-solvers, and team-players, as well as those who have an interest in social determinants of health, health care delivery, and patient care.
This internship can fulfill course requirements in the following programs: Health Education & Behavior; Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, Health Disparities
For future applicants, please keep the following requirements in mind:
1. You must be enrolled or employed by the University of Florida and have an active @ufl.edu email address/GatorLink account. Graduate students and research assistants are welcome to apply as long as the following commitments are met.
2. You must commit at least 1 semester to the EACN Internship, with shadowing beginning during the last month of the semester prior to internship.
3. You must commit at least 10 hours per week to daytime care-coordination 9am-4pm and one evening of primary care clinic volunteering.
4. You must plan to attend training sessions on select Sunday evenings/Saturday mornings (no more than 2 per semester)
For questions, please feel free to contact: