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Academic Health Department - Academic Public Health Volunteer Corps

The Academic Public Health Volunteer Corps (APHVC) is a program of the Academic Health Department Consortium. The mission of the APHVC is to leverage public health students, alumni, and expert volunteers to augment, amplify, and promote local public health efforts in Massachusetts.

Since April 2020, the APHVC has placed hundreds of volunteers with local boards of health throughout Massachusetts. Each local board is assigned a ‘team lead,’ who is their single point of contact. The team lead then organizes and mobilizes a team of mainly part-time volunteers to support the local board. Volunteers include alumni, staff, faculty, and current students, ranging from undergraduates through doctoral level.

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How do I request APHVC volunteers for my local board of health/health department?

The APHVC plans to place hundreds of volunteers with local boards of health throughout the summer. If you would like to arrange a team of volunteers to support your local board of health, please contact Dawn Sibor, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Officer Association (dsibor@mhoa.com).

What are some examples of APHVC volunteer’s efforts?

Some of the services that volunteers can provide include those listed below. Download a list of services provided by volunteers. This list will continue to be expanded with new examples added below as they become available.

Service

Potential uses

Examples

Health Communication (Print, Local TV, Social Media, Websites)

 

  • Town/city social media development and management
  • Activity-specific messaging and infographics
  • Population-specific messaging and infographics
  • Talking points for media conferences and public outreach

Community Outreach

 

  • Wellness phone calls for seniors
  • Wellness phone calls for non-English speaking communities
  • Infographics for marginalized groups
  • Mental health support and resources

Translation Services (Available in more than 10 languages)

 

  • Written and oral translations
  • Needs assessment to identify community language needs

Data Analysis & Presentation

 

  • Charts/Graphs
  • Community-level data analysis
  • GIS Analysis Mapping
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