The Volunteer Provider Beat
This is the official bulletin of Washington's Volunteer and Retired Providers (VRP) Program. In this newsletter you will find:
COVID-19
Continuing Education
Updates and Housekeeping
COVID-19







HOW CAN WE HELP?
COVID-19 creates new challenges for volunteers and clinics. Please contact us here to let us know how we can help.

Safety net clinics employ innovative techniques to screen patients and continue providing care. Here are some examples:
  • Setting up open-air clinics outside (such as in parking lots)
  • Having patients call the clinic from outside when they arrive, and have clinic staff come out to screen them before entering the clinic space
  • Conducting screenings over the phone before the patients arrive
  • Conducting screenings and other services via teleconference

Additionally, some clinics are implementing limits on volunteers and staff who interface directly with patients, including people over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions.

COVID-19 policies and procedures used by other clinics are available here .




Public Health - Seattle & King County seeks volunteers for their COVID-19 call center. Contact Amy Curtis at amy.curtis@kingcounty.gov .


Special COVID-19 Clinic Call this Monday, March 16 at 11AM.
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CE Opportunities
CE/CME ONLINE
It might be a good time to catch up on Continuing Education classes that are offered online. Here are a few and you can check out others on our website .


Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in Healthcare , Tuesday March 24, 2020 at 11AM from the EWU Spokane Campus. The agenda, learning objectives, evaluation and certificate will be emailed to those attending online. Here is the flyer .


The Washington State Nurses Association offers free and low cost continuing nursing education through their website .
Updates and Housekeeping
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATE - LICENSE RENEWALS
The VRP program pays for license renewals (but not late fees) for Volunteers who use their Washington State professional licenses only for volunteer work. The DOH is requesting that you not cross out the dollar amount on your renewal card as it can affect their internal accounting processes. Here is the form to submit along with your license renewal form.

SURVEYS
Healthcare volunteers have been sent our annual survey - please complete by April 1, we appreciate your feedback! Site surveys will be sent this week. If you have not received your survey, please contact Kris at vrp@wahealthcareaccessalliance.org.

MALPRACTICE INSURANCE
If you have malpractice insurance through our program, it auto-renews every July unless you (or the place where you are volunteering) lets us know you are no longer active. You can always get a copy of your current certificate of insurance by emailing vrp@wahealthcareaccessalliance.org .
You are receiving this newsletter due to your enrollment in the state-funded  Volunteer and Retired Providers (VRP) Program , which supports healthcare volunteerism in Washington State. The VRP Program is managed by Washington Healthcare Access Alliance, the state's free and charitable clinic association. If you are no longer using the VRP Program to support your volunteer work or have any questions at all, please contact us  here .