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MOBILE MEDICAL CLINICIAN: Bringing Care To Homeless Population In San Francisco

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Isha, an AmeriCorp worker, provides urgent mobile medical and long-term primary care to the homeless population in San Francisco. Her unique college coursework in biology, Latin American studies, global health, and women's studies prepared her for this interesting career.

Degree: Biology - International/Global Studies - Women's Studies - Latin American Studies
Job Title: Mobile Medical Clinician
Employer: AmeriCorp

Job Summary: Healthcare Social Workers

Job Description

Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Empathy, Organizational skills, Patience, People skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Public speaking ability, Teamwork

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m='14410'>in</span> <span m='14560'>disadvantaged</span> <span m='15400'>areas</span> <span m='16180'>throughout</span> <span m='16430'>the</span> <span m='16520'>United</span> <span m='16960'>States.</span> </p><p><span m='17630'>What</span> <span m='18130'>I</span> <span m='18280'>actually</span> <span m='18800'>do</span> <span m='19090'>is</span> <span m='19320'>I</span> <span m='20370'>work</span> <span m='20690'>in</span> <span m='20810'>a</span> <span m='20870'>mobile</span> <span m='21210'>medical</span> <span m='21600'>clinic.</span> <span m='22070'>So</span> <span m='22110'>we</span> <span m='22310'>literally</span> <span m='22750'>drive</span> <span m='23190'>a van</span> <span m='23410'>around</span> <span m='23670'>the</span> <span m='23740'>city.</span> <span m='24240'>And</span> <span m='24440'>we</span> <span m='24560'>have</span> <span m='24820'>an</span> <span m='24960'>urgent</span> <span m='25260'>care</span> <span m='25490'>clinic</span> <span m='26320'>that</span> <span m='26510'>provides</span> <span m='26940'>medical</span> <span m='27350'>care</span> <span m='27740'>to</span> <span m='27920'>homeless</span> <span m='28280'>people.</span> <span m='29110'>And</span> <span m='29320'>in</span> <span m='29520'>addition</span> <span m='30110'>to</span> <span m='30240'>that,</span> <span m='30650'>we</span> <span m='30720'>also</span> <span m='30960'>help</span> <span m='31210'>them</span> <span m='31370'>get</span> <span m='31560'>connected</span> <span m='32000'>to</span> <span m='32110'>primary</span> <span m='32560'>care</span> <span m='32840'>so</span> <span m='33000'>they</span> <span m='33170'>have</span> <span m='33475'>a</span> <span m='34010'>regular</span> <span m='34500'>doctor</span> <span m='34910'>to</span> <span m='35080'>go</span> <span m='35300'>to</span> <span m='35550'>when</span> <span m='35720'>we're</span> <span m='35940'>not</span> <span m='36140'>around.</span> </p><p><span m='37250'>I</span> <span m='37460'>graduated</span> <span m='38100'>from</span> <span m='38530'>the</span> <span m='38630'>University</span> <span m='39020'>of</span> <span m='39080'>Wisconsin</span> <span m='39460'>in</span> <span m='39840'>Madison</span> <span m='40650'>with</span> <span m='40850'>a</span> <span m='40980'>dual</span> <span m='41260'>degree</span> <span m='41630'>in</span> <span m='41790'>biology</span> <span m='42105'>and</span> <span m='42420'>Latin</span> <span m='42660'>American</span> <span m='42970'>studies,</span> <span m='43550'>and</span> <span m='43890'>dual</span> <span m='44200'>minors</span> <span m='44830'>in</span> <span m='44990'>global</span> <span m='45380'>health</span> <span m='45770'>and</span> <span m='46070'>gender</span> <span m='46410'>and women's</span> <span m='46882'>studies.</span> <span m='48300'>So</span> <span m='49020'>before</span> <span m='49670'>doing</span> <span m='49870'>AmeriCorps,</span> <span m='50680'>I</span> <span m='50730'>had</span> <span m='51030'>no</span> <span 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m='68400'>a</span> <span m='68470'>mobile</span> <span m='68800'>van,</span> <span m='69020'>you</span> <span m='69110'>get</span> <span m='69430'>to</span> <span m='69570'>work</span> <span m='69840'>with</span> <span m='69980'>a</span> <span m='70060'>range</span> <span m='70410'>of</span> <span m='70510'>people</span> <span m='71190'>and</span> <span m='71960'>learn</span> <span m='72350'>pretty</span> <span m='72620'>quickly--</span> <span m='73120'>and</span> <span m='73310'>you</span> <span m='73690'>really</span> <span m='74030'>have</span> <span m='74290'>to</span> <span m='74460'>learn</span> <span m='74710'>quickly.</span> </p><p><span m='75660'>I</span> <span m='75820'>think</span> <span m='76030'>it'd</span> <span m='76160'>also be</span> <span m='76640'>really</span> <span m='76930'>important</span> <span m='78085'>to</span> <span m='78570'>be</span> <span m='78740'>familiar</span> <span m='79290'>with</span> <span m='79420'>the</span> <span m='79520'>resources</span> <span m='80080'>in</span> <span m='80190'>the</span> <span m='80310'>city.</span> <span m='80670'>Because</span> <span m='81020'>we</span> <span m='81110'>work</span> <span m='81480'>with</span> <span m='82390'>so</span> <span m='82630'>many</span> <span m='82800'>different</span> <span m='83130'>people</span> <span m='83450'>who</span> <span m='83580'>are in</span> <span m='83710'>different</span> <span m='84080'>stages</span> <span m='84480'>of</span> <span m='84640'>their</span> <span m='84830'>lives</span> <span m='85085'>who</span> <span m='85340'>are</span> <span m='85680'>in</span> <span m='85910'>need of</span> <span m='86250'>different</span> <span m='86600'>services.</span> <span m='87140'>So just</span> <span m='88050'>knowing</span> <span m='88430'>the</span> <span m='89040'>city</span> <span m='89560'>and</span> <span m='89850'>knowing</span> <span m='90190'>of the</span> <span m='90480'>services</span> <span m='90785'>would</span> <span m='91090'>be</span> <span m='91200'>great.</span> </p><p><span m='91475'>And</span> <span m='91750'>one</span> <span m='91950'>way</span> <span m='92080'>to</span> <span m='92210'>do</span> <span m='92390'>that</span> <span m='92750'>is by</span> <span m='92860'>volunteering</span> <span m='93550'>at</span> <span m='93670'>different</span> <span m='94590'>agencies</span> <span m='95340'>or</span> <span m='95410'>nonprofits.</span> <span m='96400'>Just</span> <span m='96700'>to</span> <span m='96810'>familiarize</span> <span m='97570'>yourself</span> <span m='98120'>with</span> <span m='98790'>what</span> <span m='99080'>you</span> <span m='99140'>can</span> <span m='99400'>do</span> <span m='99540'>to</span> <span m='99650'>help</span> <span m='99860'>people</span> <span m='100170'>if</span> <span m='100300'>you're</span> <span m='100610'>in</span> <span m='100700'>a</span> <span m='100860'>position</span> <span m='101420'>like</span> <span m='101630'>mine</span> <span m='101950'>where</span> <span m='102260'>your</span> <span m='102450'>job</span> <span m='102720'>is</span> <span m='102870'>to</span> <span m='103000'>help</span> <span m='103380'>get</span> <span m='104460'>people</span> <span m='104700'>connected</span> <span m='105220'>to</span> <span m='105360'>care,</span> <span m='105760'>and</span> <span m='106450'>get</span> <span m='106620'>housing,</span> <span m='107400'>and</span> <span m='107610'>get</span> <span m='107940'>mental</span> <span m='108210'>health</span> <span m='108440'>services</span> <span m='109030'>and</span> <span m='109190'>whatnot.</span> <span m='110140'>So,</span> <span m='110620'>if</span> <span m='110760'>you</span> <span m='111070'>have</span> <span m='112030'>any</span> <span m='112340'>extra</span> <span m='112650'>time,</span> <span m='113010'>you should</span> <span m='113220'>definitely</span> <span m='113700'>go</span> <span m='113850'>and</span> <span m='114040'>volunteer</span> <span m='114405'>and</span> <span m='114770'>explore</span> <span m='115150'>your</span> <span m='115320'>options</span> <span m='115620'>while you</span> <span m='115920'>can.</span> </p>","file":{"id":208160,"video_id":"2707862165001","name":"63206690","duration":117247,"thumbnail_url":null}});