2017 Courier Program Site Descriptions

 

 

 

 

 

ARH Mary Breckinridge System - including Mary Breckinridge Hospital, Big Creek Clinic, and Beechfork Clinic

(2 Couriers)

Location: Hyden, KY, and surrounding communities

Description: Mary Breckinridge Hospital is a small, rural hospital with a home health agency right next door. Clinics are located within 25 from the hospital in more remote areas. Technology access is limited. This site provides a range of non-emergency services consistent with rural health clinics.

Client populations served: The site serves ages 2 to 95 who are mostly Caucasian with little diversity. The client breakdown is 80-85% Medicaid and Medicare. 10% commercial insurance, and 10% self-pay.

Courier Activities: Couriers assigned here will split time between a rural health clinic, shadowing all departments at the hospital, and going on visits with the home health agency. Couriers will assist with medical records, a senior outreach program, and other administrative tasks.

Shadowing Opportunities include nurse practitioners, Physical therapists, Occupational therapists, home health nurses, and doctors.

This site is best for someone who is interested in exposure to the work of a small, rural hospital and the home of Frontier Nursing Service.  Also, it is ideal for someone who would prefer living close to peers.

Living Arrangement: This Courier will be live at FNU Wendover campus with other Couriers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kentucky Mountain Health Alliance Little Flower Clinic

(1 Courier)

 

Location: 421 Memorial Drive, Hazard, Kentucky 41701

Description: This site is Healthcare for the Homeless Program, serving primarily rural homeless patients from Perry and Harlan counties. Clinic collaborates with a range of providers and organizations to provide near comprehensive healthcare services for its clients. This site contains a medical clinic, mental health program, social work/home health coordination, and a dental clinic.

Client populations served: The site serves all ages except pediatric, primarily white and uninsured.

Courier Activities: The Courier assigned here will shadow a range of providers at various points along the care spectrum, including work with entry point collaborating homeless shelters. The Courier will have an opportunity to focus on primary care and patient case management both in the clinic and home health settings. The Courier will perform administrative tasks, input medications assistance forms, assist with the outdoor garden project, and do other general office duties as assigned. The Courier may work closely with Americorps volunteer(s) on site.

Shadowing Opportunities include nurse practitioners, physicians, dentists and case workers. The Courier will also have the opportunity to develop an independent project based on patient needs.

This site is best for someone who is interested in social work/case management, primary care, and/or the business development side of health care clinics. Also, it is ideal for someone who would prefer living close to peers.

Living Arrangement: This Courier will be live at FNU Wendover campus with other Couriers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bluegrass Care Navigators

(1 Courier spends 2 days a week here and 3 days a week at Hometown Clinic)

 

Location: 57 Dennis Sandlin MD Cove, Hazard, KY 41701

 

Client Population Served: This site serves all ages, primarily adult, Caucasian, and Appalachian. Primarily Medicaid population with some Medicare and private insurance. The clinic also accepts Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP).

 

Site Description: The Courier assigned here will split time between Bluegrass Care Navigators and Hometown Clinic. The Courier will assist with medical records, outreach programs, and other administrative tasks. The Courier will shadow a male nurse practitioner.

 

This site is best for someone who would like to experience a range of health care services provided to a rural population. The Courier may also have the opportunity to work with the Outreach Coordinator who comes to the clinic twice a month and a Physician on Fridays.

 

Living Arrangement: The Courier will stay at FNU’s Wendover in the Garden House.

 

 

Hometown Clinic

(1 Courier will spend 3 days here and 2 days at Bluegrass Care Navigators)

 

Location: Hyden, KY, with occasional travel to London, KY

 

Description: Hometown Clinic is a small, rural primary care clinic with a home health agency right next door. Clinics are located within 25 miles from the site. Technology access is limited. The site provides a range of non-emergency services consistent with rural health clinics. This clinic offers X-ray, labs and phlebotomy services, and telemedicine.

 

Client Populations Served: This site serves ages 2 to 95 where clients are mostly Caucasian with little diversity. 80-85% of clients qualify for Medicaid and Medicare.

 

Courier Activities: The Courier will serve at the clinic 3 days per week and serve the other 2 days at Bluegrass Care Navigators. The Courier will be able to shadow for pediatric and adult cases, women's health (excluding prenatal), acute and chronic conditions, and end of life care. The Courier will also shadow in-home care through Bluegrass Care Navigators.

 

This site is best for someone who is interested in primary care for all ages, as well as elderly and end of life care. This is also a good site for someone who is interested in seeing telemedicine. The Courier should be open-minded and empathetic. This site is also best suited for someone who prefers to live close to peers.

 

Living Arrangements: The Courier will stay at FNU’s Wendover in the Garden House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Bird Mission

(2 Couriers spend 1/2 their time here, paired with other sites. 1 Courier will be at Red Bird Mission and Red Bird Clinic. 1 Courier will at Red Bird Mission and Clay County Health Department)

 

Red Bird has a Christ-centered mission. While they do not require their volunteers to be Christian, they do expect them to be accepting of what they are doing there. For example, they open their summer camp days with kids with a prayer, etc. Courier must be comfortable serving in such an environment.

Location: Beverly, KY, and surrounding communities, primarily residing in Bell, Clay and Leslie Counties.

Description: Red Bird Mission is a non-profit organization supported primarily by the United Methodist Church that provides educational, health, and community outreach ministries to low- income individuals. Red Bird Mission’s ministries  include: a K-12 school, a health clinic, a dental clinic, community store, senior citizen center, emergency food pantry, transportation assistance, prescription assistance, home nursing visits, adult education, gardening/farmer’s market program, after-school and summer youth programs, and meal delivery, among other things. (www.rbmission.org)

Client Populations Served: This site serves all ages, mostly Caucasian and Appalachian.

Courier Activities: Couriers will have the opportunity to serve in a variety of ways through Red Bird Mission’s community outreach programs. Almost all programs listed in the above description would be open for a Courier to be involved in, but Red Bird Mission is particularly interested in someone who would help with their summer youth and Community Health programs.  There is also an opportunity to assist with Grow Appalachia, a food security program.

Shadowing Opportunities include shadowing home visits with nursing staff and a nurse practitioner at the health clinic. This site best for someone whose focus is not solely health care but is also interested in a variety of community outreach programs for the underserved.

Living Arrangement: On the campus of Red Bird Mission is housing that is for mission volunteers and those involved in work camps. This living arrangement would suit someone who will take the initiative to meet people and be involved in the community, but who is also comfortable with a remote location.

*One Courier will lead the summer youth program and will be working 2 days per week at the Red Bird Clinic, operated by Manchester Memorial Hospital, located on the Red Bird Mission campus. This provides the opportunity to shadow nursing staff and advanced registered nurse practitioners in a primary health care clinic setting. The other will be working 3 days per week at the Clay County Health Department (please look below for site description) in Manchester, KY while serving on the Red Bird Mission campus 2 days per week working with the Community Health Nurse and Community Outreach programs (this is the same campus the lodging is located on).

 

Manchester Memorial Hospital - Red Bird Clinic

(1 Courier will spend ½ their time here and ½ their time at Red Bird Mission)

 

Location: Manchester, KY, on the campus of Red Bird Mission

Description: Red Bird Clinic is a rural primary care clinic. The Courier will have exposure to acute and chronic conditions, pediatric, and women's health. This clinic offers exposure to all ages.

Client Populations Served: Although Red Bird Clinic offers a variety of services, it deals primarily with an aging population with a majority using government insurance.

Courier Activities: Participation in health fair, help nurses and nurse manager with paperwork, patient assistance with form completion, alcohol and tobacco patient education

Shadowing Opportunities include physicians, nurse practitioners, home health aides, and primary care, as well as opportunities for home health and education.

This site is best for someone who would like to experience a range of health care services provided to a rural population.

Living Arrangement: On the campus of Red Bird Mission is housing that is for mission volunteers and those involved in work camps. This living arrangement would suit someone who will take the initiative to meet people and be involved in the community, but who is also comfortable with a remote location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kentucky River District Health Department

(1 Courier)

Location: Primarily Hyden (Leslie County) and Hazard (Perry County), KY. However, the Courier may choose to travel to any of the seven counties under the District Office (Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry, and Wolfe Counties).

Description: This site is a full-service Public Health Department. The Health Department offers clinic services in family planning, preventative cancer screenings, immunizations, diabetes education, and Well Child Program. Additionally, they have a home health and HANDS division.

Client Populations Served: This site serves ages 2 to 95 where clients are mostly Caucasian with little diversity. They are mostly Medicaid and Medicare. The clinic services provide a great deal of gap coverage.

Courier Activities: The Courier will serve at the Health Department. The Courier will have the opportunity to go into patients' homes through the Home Health and HANDS division. The Courier may also engage directly with the community through outreach outside of the clinic under the supervision of Health Department staff. The Courier will be able to observe a significant amount of clinic services including women's health under a midwife, well-child visits, breastfeeding visits, etc. The Courier will take lead on developing an HIV and Hep B treatment and prevention campaign targeting college-age students, as well as work on the Ryan White Program. Perry County has one of the highest risks for HIV through needle injections.

This site is best for someone who is interested in public health. It is also ideal for a Courier who is interested in women's health, STI's, and seeing a wide variety of services. The Courier should be adaptable, energetic, self-structured, and flexible. Also, this site is ideal for a Courier who prefers to live near their peer group.

Living Arrangements: The Courier will stay at FNU’s Wendover in the Garden House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cumberland Valley District Health Department

(1 Courier will split their time between the Jackson County location and Camp AJ, and 1 Courier will split their time between the Clay County location and Red Bird Mission)

Location: Clay County Health Department, 330 Shamrock Road, Manchester, KY 40962; Jackson County Health Department, 456 Main Street South, McKee, KY 40447

Description: Cumberland Valley District Health Department is a full-service health department with locations in Clay, Jackson, and Rockcastle Counties. The health department offers clinic services in family planning, preventative cancer screenings, immunizations, and a Well Child Program. Additionally, they have a home health and HANDS division. The Clay County Health Department also participates in a needle exchange program. It is anticipated that the Jackson County Health Department needle exchange program will be in place by Summer 2017.

Client Population Served: This site serves all categories, but women and children receive the majority of our clinic preventive services. The majority of our public health clinic clients are women of childbearing age, mothers, and children. Most are low income, and over 80% are currently covered by Medicaid. Some have private insurance, and a small percentage are uninsured. This site's home health services are provided largely to older adults but are not restricted by age or other status. They also provide Home Health Waiver services, which can include adolescents and adults with disabilities, as well as seniors.

Courier Activities: The Clay County Courier will work on Fridays. The Courier will spend the morning paired with a home health agent doing visits. The Courier will work with the needle exchange program on Friday afternoon. The Courier will have the opportunity to do outreach after hours if interested. The Jackson County Courier will spend a portion of time paired with a home health nurse doing home visits, and in the second block of time, the Courier will be paired with a HANDS Home Visitor. In addition, they will attend community health events with the nursing supervisor and may participate in the needle exchange program. Also, the Jackson County Courier will work on an extensive social media campaign for Jackson County public health initiatives.

Shadowing Opportunities include in-home visits through the Home Health and HANDS division. Couriers may also engage directly with the community through outreach outside of the clinic with the supervision of the Health Department staff.

The site is best for someone who is flexible, driven, and has social media experience. The Clay County Courier should be interested in outreach, clinic services, home health services, and have a strong interest in working in a needle exchange program. The Jackson County Courier would be best for someone interested in social services and the community aspects of health. This site is best for someone with an interest in working with children, home health, and needle exchange programs.

Living Arrangements: The Clay County Courier will reside at Red Bird Mission, and the Jackson County Courier will reside at a homestay site in McKee, KY.

 

Camp AJ

(1 Courier will spend ½ their time here and the other half at the Cumberland Valley District Health Department in Jackson County)

 

Location: 2549 Sand Lick Rd, McKee, KY 40447

Description: In Jackson County, the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) runs a residential summer camp called Camp Andrew Jackson which provides a rewarding week of learning and fun to hundreds of Appalachian children each summer. With a charge of only $10 per child, the camps serve those who could otherwise not afford the opportunity to attend a summer camp. No child is turned away due to inability to pay. Summer Camp activities include canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, swimming, hiking, camping, and field games. While all the activities are fun for the children, they also provide the opportunity to learn important life skills such as leadership, safety, team building, self-esteem, and respect for others. The kids love the activities, but they remember most about the camp are the volunteers who cared enough to spend their summer with them.

Client Populations Served: This site serves a youth population.

Courier Activities: The Courier will have opportunities to shadow on-site nursing staff as well as be involved within the camp in different groupings.

This site is best for someone who is extremely independent and comfortable living away from their peers. The Jackson County Courier sites are most suited for someone interested in social services and the community aspects of health. This site is best for someone with an interest in working with children, home health, and needle exchange programs.

Currently accepting applications for 2017 Courier Internship sites

Are you interested in hosting a Courier at your clinical site? We are currently taking applications for 2017 Courier Program Sites. Please browse the rest of the site for more information! If you are interested in serving as a host, please fill out this form and email courier.program@frontier.edu.