Rural & Isolated Support Endeavour (RISE)
RISE was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in collaboration with the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC).
RISE's goal is to provide emotional support and companionship to patients living in rural areas across Canada who are experiencing increased isolation due to social distancing restrictions. RISE is matching rural patients that may benefit from additional social contact with medical students from across Canada who will provide weekly phone calls. For example, patients who are no longer able to visit with family, or those with impaired immune systems unable to leave their homes may be experiencing increased isolation compared to others, especially if they are living in rural areas.
How does the program work?:
RISE partners medical students with clients in rural communities across Canada to provide social connections. With a referral from a doctor, clients can be paired with a medical student volunteer for regular phone or video call check-ins!
Responsibilities of student volunteers:
Student volunteers will be expected to call their assigned client at least once weekly, as well as respond to the Volunteer Communication & Matching Lead to track their work and progress. Students shall not provide medical advice. Rather, this is more an informal social conversation.
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