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IMAGINE Clinic

IMAGINE (Interprofessional Medical and Allied Groups for Improving Neighbourhood Environments) is an interprofessional, student-run community health initiative aimed at promoting and providing health care to the core neighborhoods of downtown Toronto. In addition to outreach activities with IMAGINE's community partners and health promotion workshops with clients, IMAGINE is also building an interprofessional community-based clinic program. Please see below for clinic volunteer positions as well as a list of committees currently accepting volunteer applications.

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IMAGINE Clinic Volunteers

We are currently recruiting clinic volunteers for the 2018-19 school year. Clinic volunteers work in interprofessional teams to provide healthcare services to our clients. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience working within your community, learn more about our healthcare system, and develop your leadership and teamwork skills. As part of the Interprofessional Education (IPE) program, clinic volunteers are eligible for 2 Immersion credits upon completion of three clinic shifts, and one group reflection session. Volunteers are also eligible to be recognized by University of Toronto for their involvement with IMAGINE.

Eligibility:

- Medicine, Nursing or Pharmacy students in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of study, who have not been clinic volunteers previously.

- Physiotherapy or Social Work students in any year of study, who have not been clinic volunteers previously.

- Submission of a current Mask Fit Check and Police Records Check

Application: https://goo.gl/forms/Wsk7CxKalPaV0Ybc2

Applications are due on Friday Sept 21st, 2018 at 11:59 pm. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at imagine.volunteers@gmail.com. We look forward to an exciting new year with new IMAGINE team members!

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IMAGINE Committee Positions

Position Title: Process and Quality Improvement Committee Member

Vision/Mission

The mission of the Process and Quality Improvement Committee (PQI) is three-fold:

  • PQI will promote client-centered care at IMAGINE

  • PQI will develop evidence base to support the expansion or improvement of IMAGINE’s services

  • PQI will develop interventions to improve student experience at IMAGINE

Roles & Responsibilities

The activities of the committee and individual members will grow and expand as needed due to the evolving nature of the function of this committee

  • Attend IMAGINE General Training Orientation (date TBD)

  • Monthly to bimonthly team meetings with 3-4 hours per week commitment

  • Conduct needs assessments of processes and quality of IMAGINE’s clinical services, with particular emphasis on client clinical experience and student volunteer experience

  • Conduct needs assessment and program evaluation of services and activities of IMAGINE committees (Health Promotion, Community Partnerships, etc.)

  • Develop and deliver training and presentation modules, workshops and resources for health promotion, process improvement and quality management purposes

  • Assist in data collection and analysis for committee’s activities

Application Process

To apply, please complete this form (https://goo.gl/forms/kvziavQycVVmX5hx1) no later than Friday September 21, 2018 by 11:59 pm. Successful applicants will be notified no later than September 28, 2018.

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Position Title: Health Promotions Committee Member

The Health Promotion (HP) team at IMAGINE focuses on:

  • Understanding community health needs and experiences navigating the health system

  • Creating environments to support health, as defined individually by the workshop participants

  • Strengthening communities’ capacities to address systemic barriers and health issues of community-identified importance

Our health promotion activities are centred around the model of workshops, which are delivered to local community agencies and drop-in centres. These workshops are meant to be non-judgmental, anti-oppressive, informational, and empowering opportunities for clients to take control over their own health. Our workshops focus on topics related to the social determinants of health and aim to create programs that help alleviate the impact of social determinants of health on clients’ lives.

This year, we are pleased to collaborate with 4 agencies to deliver our monthly workshops:

1. The Salvation Army Gateway – 107 Jarvis St., Toronto ON M5C 2H4

2. West Neighbourhood House – 588 Queen St. West, Toronto ON M6J 1E3

3. Fort York Residence – 28 Bathurst St., Toronto ON M5V 3W3

4. Women's Residence – 674 Dundas St. West, Toronto ON M5T 1H9

Roles & Responsibilities

As a HP volunteer, we appreciate the time and dedication folks have towards IMAGINE and the work that Health Promotions achieves! To remain accountable to our team and overall community, the following expectations are required of our volunteers:

  • HP volunteers are required to attend 3 MANDATORY trainings throughout the first term of volunteering. The trainings will include Health Promotion Team Introduction and IPE Eligibility as well as a General Volunteer Orientation + Anti-Oppression conjunctive training that will be held early October (final dates to be announced).

  • HP volunteers are required to plan, facilitate, and attend 3 workshops, within a team of 3-4 other volunteers, throughout the year from September to April (sign up sheet to be provided upon acceptance to the HP team).

  • HP volunteers may be asked to assist with classroom announcements to promote the IMAGINE clinic, volunteer recruitment, and upcoming events.

  • HP volunteers are required to attend a MANDATORY debrief meeting at the end of the final term (final date in April TBD).

  • HP volunteers are expected to remain accountable to the team – this includes more than a 24-hour notice when possible regarding absence to a workshop or other mandatory meetings throughout the year.

Please note that the average dedication of hours in volunteering may be around 10-15 hours per workshop (including workshop date facilitation). Variation is dependent on members’ comfort with workshop material, group meetings, and follow-up/ debriefing with HP coordinators.

Application Process

To apply, please complete form (https://goo.gl/forms/7cpk3Fl3m6bObAWI3) no later than Friday September 21, 2018 by 11:59 pm. Successful applicants will be notified no later than September 28, 2018.

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Position Title: Advocacy Committee Member

Vision/Mission

To raise awareness and advocate for challenges and concerns of vulnerable populations in the downtown Toronto community through community outreach and partnerships.

Roles & Responsibilities

As a potential advocacy member, you will be presented with the opportunity to attend biweekly meetings with your fellow members. One of the main projects of the advocacy committee is organizing the annual IMAGINE Clinic conference.  Responsibilities of organizing the conference involve brainstorming potential conference topics, developing the conference schedule, brainstorming and recruiting speakers and volunteering on the day of the conference. Some of other initiatives involve attending community events at downtown Toronto to advocate clinic services to marginalized populations, working in collaboration with other IMAGINE committees, and utilizing social media to spread awareness regarding topics related to marginalized populations.

Application Process

To apply, please complete this form (https://goo.gl/forms/aPaLKvoTlM1yAQ7w1) no later than Friday September 21, 2018 by 11:59 pm. Successful applicants will be notified no later than September 28, 2018.

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Position Title: Community Partnerships (CP) Committee Member

Vision/Mission

To serve as the community-based ambassadors of the IMAGINE clinic, engaging with our target population “in-the-field” to provide open, friendly, non-judgemental interactions in efforts to get to know and learn how to better serve these communities.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Commit to volunteering generally 2-4 times per month at a designated Community Partner site (can be a shelter, drop-in center, etc.)

    • We have sites selected already and will assign volunteers to a site based on their schedule preferences and interests, however we are open to suggestions for new locations!

  • Create and participate in programming (clothing drives, soup kitchens, games nights, art clubs, etc.) at Community Partner sites

  • Attend check-in meetings with fellow CP members and CP leads monthly

  • Remain in communication with the CP leads regarding the status of the volunteering activities at the site, usually via Facebook.

  • Collaborate with other IMAGINE committees, including but not limited to the Health Promotions Team

  • Uphold the highest standards of professionalism -- we openly represent U of T, our health disciplines, and the IMAGINE clinic when we attend and communicate with our Partners.

Application Process

To apply, please complete this form (https://goo.gl/forms/MTOPVp40Wm1o9Cp62) no later than Friday September 21, 2018 by 11:59 pm. Successful applicants will be notified no later than September 28, 2018.