Volunteering With Street Med PHX

Human Kindness Begins Here!

Who Can Apply?

Fill out this application to volunteer with Street Medicine Phoenix. All roles provide direct patient contact experience. All clinical student volunteers must be affiliated with UofA, ASU or NAU. Students from other institutions are encouraged to apply and will receive non-clinical roles.

Undergraduate Majors

Graduate Disciplines

Health Professionals

Biology & Society

Biological Sciences  

Global Health   

Biochemistry   

Nutrition  

Marketing  

Journalism  

Business  

Chemical Engineering

Computer Science   

Electrical Engineering

Kinesiology

Biomedical Engineering

Psychology

Political Science

Communication

Cosmetology

Exercise & Wellness

Supply Chain Management

Medicine 

Public Health 

Physical Therapy 

Physician Assistant 

Nursing 

Audiology 

Pharmacy 

Occupational Therapy 

Nutrition 

DNP Students 

PHMNP Students 

Law 

Psychology ​

Social Work 

Medicine 

Nursing 

Nurse Practitioner 

Physical Therapy 

Public Health

Occupational Therapy  

Audiology

Veterinary

Physician Assistant 

Community Health Workers 

Nutrition 

Speech Pathology 

Pharmacy 

Psychology 

Cosmetology

Fill out application and attach CV or resume 

Submit vaccination records: 

-TB annually  

-MMR  

-Hep B series  

-Influenza annually  

-Hep A series  

-Tdap or Td  

Submit BLS/CPR certification (must not be expired) 

Submit proof of completion of CITI trainings: 

-HIPAA  

-Blood Borne Pathogens

Fill out application and attach CV or resume

Submit vaccination records

-TB annually  

-MMR  

-Hep B series  

-Influenza annually  

-Hep A series  

-Tdap or Td

Submit BLS/CPR certification (must not be expired) 

Submit proof of completion of CITI trainings: 

-HIPAA

-Blood Borne Pathogens

Credentialing paperwork (MD, DO, PA-C, NP providers only)

Board certification, DEA license, state licensure, and dispensing privileges (if applicable) 

All student volunteers and clinical preceptors who wish to join Street Medicine Phoenix must complete the designated application. SHOW will process all applications and complete on-boarding for both students and preceptors. 

If you have any specific questions regarding the application, volunteer requirements, or the status of your application, please email applications@showaz.org.

Street Run dates, times, and locations vary. Please carefully read all corresponding emails sent from SMP and SHOW. Students and preceptors will be notified where to meet prior to the Street Run.

Most Street Runs take place in parks in the downtown Phoenix area along with other specific locations such as Grace Lutheran Church and the Human Services Campus.

Prior to attending the Street Run, please read the “Street Run Instructions and Site-Specific Info" PowerPoint for the site address and other important site-specific information.

Wear your Street Medicine Phoenix T-shirt or clothing from the school with which you are affiliated. Wear close-toed shoes and loose, dark-colored jeans, scrub pants, or shorts that cover most, if not all, of the thigh. The goal is to draw the patient’s attention to his or her care rather than yourself.

> Your stethoscope (if volunteering as Health Screener)

> A pen

> Water bottle

Why Our Volunteers Join?

"I hope to gain more exposure to the homeless population in Phoenix in order to learn about their health needs to broaden my perspective and scope of practice. As an undergraduate pre-med, I think it is valuable to develop an understanding of vulnerable populations and working with Street Medicine will provide me exposure that will ultimately make me a more educated person and better provider. I believe a good healthcare provider is aware of the needs of many patient populations and I hope this experience brings me greater awareness, while also giving back to a population that needs care." 

-Anna Yee, Current SMP Volunteer

Learning Objectives

> Describe and model an inter professional patient-centered team-based model of health care

> Identify the impact of psychosocial factors on disease and health care utilization

> Appropriately assess and identify ways to address the health care needs of patients with complex medical conditions utilizing knowledge of the interprofessional team member’s complementary roles and responsibilities, negotiation of common goals and objectives, and knowledge of socioeconomic determinants of health 

> Engage with all members of the interprofessional team using effective communication strategies in collective patient-centered problem-solving

> Demonstrate humanistic qualities in interactions with patients including the delivery of socially and ethically responsible care

> Model a person-centered approach to care for vulnerable individuals who are experiencing homelessness

Street Run Rules & Etiquette

  • Preview the intake form to ensure understanding of and comfort with the questions that you will be asking
  • Set your phone to silent and only utilize your phone for emergencies 
  • Meet the patient at eye level by matching their position (i.e., stand if patient is standing and sit if patient is sitting)
  • Respect the privacy of the patient and before making physical contact, always ask for permission
  • Be mindful of verbal and nonverbal cues when assessing the patient’s comfort level and if necessary, adjust the location of the interview and/or your distance from the patient
  • Provide patient-centered care by acknowledging the patient’s priorities and discussing the patient’s health only when they are ready to address it
  • Be open and accepting of the patient, eliminating any assumptions, stereotypes and judgments about homeless individuals
  • Empower and encourage the patient when they share achievements or demonstrate progress, rather than criticizing and minimizing their efforts 
  • DO NOT provoke patients or other people in the surrounding area with condescending, negative, inflammatory words or actions
  • DO NOT wear clothing that expresses provocative messages, colors or styles
  • DO NOT go against the directives of the preceptors or Street Run student leaders
  • DO NOT be late to the Street Run
  • DO NOT wear jewelry or bring valuable belongings with you to the Street Run