We are supplementing healthcare worker support at a rate faster than the spread of COVID-19 by training citizen volunteers.
As our country works to flatten the “curve” of COVID-19, and as we anticipate a second wave of hospitalizations, we are living through an unknown length of time in a pandemic.
How do we efficiently and effectively “spike” the curve of trained healthcare workers to outpace the current strain on our country’s healthcare systems?
Problems to Solve:
1) provide continuity of care through temporary and long-term supplemental healthcare workers
2) connect vulnerable populations with supplemental healthcare workers who can provide a variety of support (from mental health support to physical health support)
3) increase healthcare capacity to match the increased number of health inquiries on the periphery of the healthcare system (non-urgent cases)
What is the need are you focusing on?
Our healthcare system is under a massive strain as the majority of health professionals exclusively address COVID-related issues. This has left a significant gap in available care for vulnerable populations. Our project provides relief and support for vulnerable populations experiencing increased and acute social isolation during the pandemic. Primarily: homebound seniors, people with disabilities, and acute care cases.
We are creating support for these populations by recruiting citizen volunteers, also addressing their needs for:
1. Economic opportunity: work stability and quality & streamlined work access
2. Community service: creating civic and democratic engagement through volunteer opportunities
3. Mental health and well-being: support worker autonomy and agency in a holistic and fulfilling manner, improving psychological well-being
4. Intrinsic satisfaction: providing an empowered feeling of contribution & accomplishment by offering tangibly impactful opportunities