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Snapshot

Cornell Affiliations:

Public Service Center

Overview

Opportunity Description
"Working in alliance with communities to build and strengthen capacity for individual and community"

Person-Centered Advocacy Team (PCAT) is a unique integrated community-university partnership program that combines real-world experience in the healthcare facility and public health organizations for college students while adding value to the professional healthcare staff members and public health educators.  The experiential component is combined with structured learning and growth for everyone involved.  Students gain hands-on professional experience in the field of patient/people-centered care, medicine and public health while having space and tools to critically reflect on the experience to develop their philosophy of health, healthcare, or medicine.  

The program believes in working in alliance with communities to build and strengthen capacity for individual and communities.  It acknowledges and values that community members and organizational partners are the experts in the area of public health and healthcare.   This then provides unique experiential learning opportunity for students on their personal, professional and civic development.  In return, students provide services that contribute to the partnering organizations in meaningful way.    

PCAT students volunteer at one of the partnering off-campus organizations that provide them with direct contacts with patients, members of public health organizations, professional medical staff, and pubic health educators at the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga Medical Center, and the Mental Health Association of Tompkins County.   

Program Goals:

  • Strengthen university campus and off-campus community relations through collaboration
  • Add values to all collaborators’ existing mission
  • Promote people-centered approach in public health and healthcare system

Program Objectives: 

  • Introduce PCAT students to collaborative and collective leadership by raising awareness of self, leadership capacity, and ability to work in teams and larger community
  • Contribute to PCAT students’ level of exposure to the healthcare and community health settings
  • Value professional settings and practitioners as part of the higher education’s learning experience

Program Requirements: 

  • commit to a minimum of 2-3 hours shift per week at selected organization
  • attend minimum of 6 community-based workshops
  • submit reflective writings after each workshop
  • submit final reflective collaborative poster or digital story that reflect the experience and learning
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“We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience.”
― John Dewey

Students accepted to this program are expected to: (2 Academic Credits are available to participate in this program, optional)

Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes

  • Volunteer for one shift, 2 hours per week in the Cancer Resource Center Room in the Cayuga Medical Center 
  • attend minimum of 6 workshops for the semester
  • Submit 6 reflective writings ( after each attended workshop) for the semester
  • Arrange one's own transportation to get to Cayuga Medical Center for the shift
  • Arrange one's own transportation to the workshop
  • Maintain professionalism and respect in the work place and workshop discussion

Cayuga Medical Center's In-Patient Unit (4th Floor)

  • Volunteer for 1 shift (3 hours) per week in the In-Patient Units 
  • attend minimum of 6 workshops for the semester
  • Submit 6 reflective writings ( after each attended workshop) for the semester
  • Arrange one's own transportation to get to Cayuga Medical Center for the shift
  • Arrange one's own transportation to the workshop
  • Maintain professionalism and respect in the work place and workshop discussion

Mental Health Association in Tompkins County

  • Volunteer for 1 shift (2.5 hours) per week in the Jenkins Center, Mental Health Association of Tompkins County
  • attend minimum of 6 workshops for the semester
  • Submit 6 reflective writings ( after each attended workshop) for the semester
  • Arrange one's own transportation to get to Cayuga Medical Center for the shift
  • Arrange one's own transportation to the workshop
  • Maintain professionalism and respect in the work place and workshop discussion