The Disaster Health Services Associate provides healthcare and first-aid for clients, and in some cases, staff. Additionally, this role assesses for and responds to public health issues in Red Cross service delivery sites.
Responsibilities: *Assess and triage the health needs of the shelter population - at the time of registration and on an on-going basis. *Evaluate and treat client's illnesses and/or injuries per past history utilizing the ARC Health *Services Protocols as a guideline. *Immediately refer critical illness or injury to a higher level of care - i.e. Emergency Medical System (EMS). *Document appropriately in accordance with HIPAA guidelines to ensure client confidentiality. *Monitor shelter clients and staff for disease outbreaks and report to public health through Health Services Supervisor. *Consider if current housing or shelter is appropriate for client's required level of care. *Make appropriate community referrals. *Refer individuals with mental or emotional health issues to Disaster Mental Health workers. *Ensure ongoing sanitary conditions of restrooms, food service, and healthcare areas. Ensure the security of all medical supplies and equipment. *Inform the facility manager of any safety hazards or sanitation problems. *Arrange for replacement of emergency medication for disaster-related health needs of shelter residents in accordance with ARC regulations & policies.
Time Commitment: Flexible. Works with the Disaster Action Team (DAT) participating in an on-call system.
Qualifications: *Attendance in volunteer orientation and completion of all required forms (volunteer and DSHR* applications) and clear background check. * DSHR- It is a requirement for all *Disaster and Client Services volunteers to register in the ARC Disaster Services Human Resource system to track all trained disaster services volunteers. *Must be a Healthcare Professional with an unencumbered license or certification from an issuing authority in one of the following disciplines: Physician (MD / DO) Registered Nurse (RN) Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-B) Paramedics (EMT-P) Physician Assistants (PA) Allied Health Workers (Case by Case Basis) *Must be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Basic First Aid by either the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. Note: Red Cross CPR and First Aid classes are free for volunteers.
If interested in volunteering, please contact Volunteer Recruitment Specialist, Christopher Fielder at Christopher.Fielder@redcross.org or (951)264-7730