Putting Families First is a course with teams of University of Florida students from different health professions that make regular virtual visits to the volunteer families’ homes to help determine ways for the families to maintain or improve their health. The central theme of the course is learning as a team about the impact of resources and environment on health status.
Students from different healthcare majors will be paired with a family of volunteers. These students will make virtual home visits to family volunteers and work in small group sessions in order to help with ways to keep them healthy. Students will make three to four home visits during the program to support dental, medical, mental health, nursing, nutrition, pharmacy, physical therapy, rehabilitation, social support & animal health needs.
Receive free health consultations with student health care professionals
Share personal experiences and concerns about the health care system
Assist in the education of health professions students
Be accessible by Zoom or phone
Meet with students by Zoom or phone four times throughout the year
Volunteers are expected to invite students into the family and home and discuss the family members’ health information. Families will maintain a steady communication with students and help students learn by providing them with feedback on health related issues.