** Now Accepting Applications **
UCR School of Medicine & Riverside County Regional Medical Center
The Diabetes Health Coaches program is a community- based collaborative which will begin in fall of 2013. The program was founded by Dr. Geoffrey Leung, Chair, Family Medicine at Riverside County Regional Medical Center (RCRMC) in partnership with Dr. Neal Schiller, Sr. Associate Dean, Student Affairs at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine to address the need for education and support among Diabetic patients (and at risk patients) in Riverside County.
Being ranked among the top five leading causes of death in Riverside County, this program aims to not only reduce the number of community members who are diagnosed with Diabetes, but also reduce the number of patients with uncontrolled Diabetes. Many times, patients leave the healthcare settings with questions and concerns regarding what they can do to be healthier. To address these questions and provide guidance, health coaches will be implemented in RCRMC clinics (including Moreno Valley, Rubidoux, Riverside, and Temecula locations).
The Diabetes Health Coach program is not a typical volunteer experience. As a Diabetes Health Coach you will not only have the opportunity to learn the facts and complications of Diabetes, you will also become a part of the healthcare team at your site. You will have the opportunity to construct your own panel of patients with whom you will work one-on-one with to address any nutritional, physical activity, or general concerns regarding their health. Working alongside a diverse group of healthcare professionals (Physicians, Registered Nurses, Dietitians, and so on) will allow the health coaches to get a behind the scenes look at healthcare team members’ contributions, but it will also help students learn (or confirm) what direction it is they would like to take in regards to their own careers. Due to the requirement of full engagement with the Diabetes material as well as with patients, this program requires a full academic year commitment (September- June) and a minimum of four hours per week, to fully engage students with the patients and the material.
The ideal candidate will be passionate about reducing health disparities in Riverside County by educating members of our community on Diabetes and what changes they can make to control/ prevent it. Most importantly, the ideal candidate will be capable of providing support for each patient along the way. We will be actively recruiting students (over the age of 18) who are interested in pursuing a career in any aspect of healthcare. Non-UCR students are encouraged to apply.
The application process is now open and will close on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. When you have completed your application, please save it as YourLastname_YourFirstname.pdf and email it to DiabetesHealthCoaches@medsch.ucr.edu. You will be notified if you have been granted an interview by Thursday, August 22, 2013, and interviews will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2013. Thank you for your interest in the program.
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