Health Promotion at Community Centers
Our DPT students take their responsibility to the Indianapolis community very seriously and provide health education at community centers and other not-for-profit sites free of charge. Over the past five years these locations have included Goodwill Industries, Hawthorne Community Center, Goodwin Community Center, Noble of Indiana and Damar Services.
PT Volunteers Needed
The Indiana University (IU) Department of Physical Therapy (PT) is reaching out to licensed physical therapists in the community to take part in IU Student Outreach Clinic (IU SOC) as adjunct faculty supervisors. The IU SOC is a student-run free clinic on the near eastside of Indianapolis, in a neighborhood with sharply limited access to healthcare. The clinic brings medical, dental, law, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, public health, and social work services to the community on Saturdays year round, with physical therapy twice a month. In addition to the innumerable benefits to the community, IU SOC enhances the health professions through student engagement in inter-professional collaboration, hands on practice, and discourse with faculty supervisors. The faculty supervisors at IU SOC are just as invaluable as the student volunteers as they provide the clinical expertise to help guide student decision-making as well as ensure the safety and well-being of the patients. An adjunct faculty supervisor must be willing to staff the clinic from 10am till 2pm for a minimum of two weekends per year, and have a license in good standing, professional liability insurance, a criminal background check and one year’s clinical experience. Supervisors listen to subjective and objective information from the students, make recommendations on students’ assessment and intervention, and provide guidance on further evaluation needed or adjustments to the interventions. On complex patients, a supervisor may be needed in a patient treatment room for additional support. Finally, the supervisor signs off on all documentation. Volunteering as a supervisor at the clinic is an excellent way to give back to an underserved area of Indianapolis and give valuable knowledge to the students who will soon be working in the field. To learn more about the clinic, please visit www.soc.medicine.iu.edu. For questions and to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.