Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Steering Committees

JeffHOPE supports six weekly clinics in the Philadelphia area. In order to keep these clinics running, we rely on substantial commitment from the SKMC student body. Some of our positions require a standing weekly commitment, while other positions perform behind-the-scenes work with a flexible schedule and attend clinic roughly once a month.   

All current first-year medical students at Sidney Kimmel Medical College interested in contributing to JeffHOPE are encouraged to apply for a committee member position. Students do not need to have previously volunteered at JeffHOPE to apply.

Please read below for more detailed descriptions of the roles and responsibiliites of every Steering Committee:

Advocacy (ADV)

Advocates attend one clinic each week to help patients obtain services outside the scope of a medical visit. Advocates most commonly will assist in applying for insurance, refer patients to a PCP/facilitate followup with an existing PCP, complete referrals for specialist care, counsel patients on community resources and overall empower patients with the tools and knowledge of resources to be self-efficacious. At certain clinics, it is the job of the advocate to triage patient visits.  The advocates oversee the JeffHOPE supply drive and disseminate supplies such as tooth brushes, soap, shampoo to shelter staff for the residents.  Advocates are also responsible for maintaining and updating the community resource guide.

Research (RES)

The research committee plans and executes studies investigating various aspects of the homeless population of Philadelphia and improving the quality of care offered at JeffHOPE. Additionally, all committee members attend either Sunday Breakfast or Our Brother’s Place once every three weeks to triage patients. This committee is a two-year commitment to JeffHOPE. In the second year, committee members are responsible for maintaining projects started previously and training new researchers.

Education (EDU)

Education committee members attend clinic once a week.  They meet one on one with patients and conduct group classes on a variety of health education topics. Topics include smoking cessation, nutrition, managing depression and anxiety, birth control and pregnancy counseling, and hypertension and diabetes management for shelter residents.  Education committee members will be trained in topics relevant to their clinics, and are encouraged to develop their own education topics as they see fit. Committee members will receive extra training in motivational interviewing skills to become effective health educators and help patients achieve their health goals. 

Student Coordinators (SC)

Student Coordinators schedule upper and lower year medical students for clinic each week.  One coordinator is responsible for scheduling volunteers by email each week and meets clinic at 5:15 in JAH to sign volunteers in.  The coordinators meet as a whole on Sunday nights to fill open spots.  Student Coordinators make presentations before 1st and 2nd year lectures and 3rd and 4th year clinical clerkship orientations to recruit volunteers.  One Student Coordinator also attends Eliza Shirley clinic each Monday to triage and fast track patients, with each committee member triaging once every three weeks. The position is largely behind-the-scenes and involves lots of emailing and phone conversations.

Physician Coordinators (PC)

Physician Coordinators schedule resident and attending Jefferson and Jefferson-affiliated doctors to precept at clinic.  They also make recruitment presentations to residency programs throughout the year.  In addition, PC committee members triage and fast track patients at Our Brother’s Place, with each committee member triaging once every 3 weeks.  Like Student Coordinators, this job is largely behind-the-scenes and heavy on emails and phone calls. 

Pharmacy (PHARM)

Pharmacy members come out to clinic once a week.  They are in charge of dispensing, organizing and ordering medications at a particular clinic.  They are also responsible for tracking inventory and organizing the medication supply in the JeffHOPE office.

Procedures (PROC)

This committee has the responsibility of performing blood draws, vaccinations, wound care and other therapeutic and diagnostic procedures at our clinics. Members are also responsible for counseling patients as needed as it relates to the procedures they are performing. They are appropriately trained and attend one clinic weekly. Outside of clinic, members are responsible for obtaining supplies and returning samples to the lab.

Publicity and Fundraising Committee (PF)

This committee is responsible for creatively raising awareness and increasing support for JeffHOPE through planning and executing fundraisers and publicity events highlighting JeffHOPE's mission and achievements within the community.  They work closely with the JeffHOPE Finance Directors to brainstorm events and fundraisers. In addition, PF committee members triage at Sunday Breakfast clinic on Tuesday nights at least once every three weeks.

JeffHOPE for Kids (KID)

This committee attends our two women and children’s shelters, Eliza Shirley and ACTS.  Members attend one of the two clinics weekly. They entertain and supervise children while their mothers seek medical care from JeffHOPE clinics.  They also provide educational programming, organize holiday parties and gifts drives for the shelters’ children.