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Descriptions for Volunteer Types

Allied Health Volunteer

Allied Health volunteers will support, complement, or supplement the work of physicians and other healthcare specialists with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; treatment of disabilities and rehabilitation as needed. Allied Health Professions volunteers include:

  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics (including Ambulance Drivers)
  • Medical and Clinical Technologists and Technicians (including Phlebotomist)
  • Medical Record and Health Information Technicians
  • Radiological Technologists and Technician
  • Respiratory Therapists and Technician
  • All other Allied Health related positions

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Dental Volunteer

Dental volunteers would be utilized to provide dental services to those who are in need of urgent dental care. These volunteers will help with a patient surge if local dentists are overwhelmed, away, cannot be reached, or patients are new or have just recently evacuated to the area and have no one to turn to. Dental volunteers include:

  • Dentists, General
  • Dentists, All Other Specialists
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Orthodontists
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Laboratory Technicians
  • All other Dental related positions

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General Volunteer

Non-Medical and “Other” Medical Professions, not specifically listed are asked to register as a General Volunteers. Non-Medical Volunteers will support administrative and supply operations, stress relief activities, housekeeping, manual labor, and other miscellaneous activities. “Other” Medical Volunteers once verified and credentialed may be utilized in their discipline.

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Mental Health Volunteer

Mental health volunteers will help to identify patients with mental disorders; learning disabilities; and cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems. Assess and treat individuals with substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Provide persons, families, or vulnerable populations with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses, such as Alzheimer's, cancer, or AIDS while also dealing with a traumatic event. Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being. Visit ADPH Social Work Division. Mental health volunteers include:

  • Psychologists
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • All other Mental Health related positions

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Nurse Volunteer

Nurse volunteers will perform assessment of patient health problems and needs, administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients, coordination of communications and resources, maintenance of medical records, assist with patient discharge, and other duties as needed. Visit ADPH Nursing Division. Nurse volunteers include:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetists
  • Certified Nurse Midwives
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Nursing Aides 
  • All other Nursing positions

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Pharmacy Volunteer

Pharmacist volunteers will provide pharmacist services at mass dispensing sites, medical needs shelters, county health departments, “field” hospitals or pharmacies, and community walk-in medical clinics. Pharmacist volunteers may also be tasked assist in hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, and other specialized sites in an impacted area of the state. Primary duties will be to organize and perform pharmacist services such as dispensing, medication coordination, receiving medications, controlling inventories, counseling patients on medications, checking for interactions, and providing administration of immunizations or other medications as needed to assist other disciplines at a site. Visit ADPH Pharmacy Division. Pharmacy volunteers include:

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Pharmacy Aides 
  • All other Pharmacy positions

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Physician Volunteer

Physician volunteer will provide medical evaluations, treatment recommendations, and care. Physician volunteers might relieve other physicians in hospitals, nursing homes, or clinics; work in medical needs shelters providing medical oversight and care; work in “field” hospitals or community ad hoc walk-in clinics; be assigned to respond as part of a response team comprised of physicians and other disciplines; or be assigned to a solo mission. Physician volunteers include:

  • Allopathic Physicians (M.D.)
  • Osteopathic Physicians (D.O.)
  • Physician Assistants
  • All Physicians and Physician Specialties

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Veterinary Volunteer

Veterinarian volunteers would be utilized to diagnose and treat diseases and dysfunctions of animals as well as provide care to animals in the event of a disaster or emergency. Veterinary volunteers include:

  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
  • Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
  • All other Veterinary positions

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