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Health Mentors Program

What is the Health Mentors Program?

This is an opportunity for students from Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health Professions (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Couple and Family Therapy) to learn firsthand from a patient about things that really matter to patients living with health conditions and/or impairments.

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Volunteering as a Health Mentor gives you the opportunity to help teach students how various health professional roles complement one another in relation to patient-centered care. As a Health Mentor, you can:

  • Have flexible options
  • Develop meaningful relationships with students at Jefferson
  • Share your experiences with others
  • Read about other mentors and teams of students
  • Play a role in training future health professionals

Interested in participating?

I would like to be a mentor. Let me tell you about myself.

I would like to know more information about meeting times and travel reimbursements.

I would like to know more about the positive impact I can make by being a mentor.

Being a Health Mentor

After 50 years of navigating the medical maze as a patient I realized that I had never taken the time to really think about what I thought worked and what needed fixing. And here I was with the opportunity to do it with some folks that one day will have a chance to do something about it!!!! Very cool."

-Kenneth Perry, Health Mentor

Roles and Responsibilities

The Health Mentors Program staff realizes that you have many things going on in your lives. During the first year of the program, the first meeting will be pre-scheduled by Health Mentors Program staff based on your availability from 12:00-2:00pm at Thomas Jefferson University. We will reimburse for travel: CCT-Paratransit, tokens or parking passes. The next meeting is a home visit and you will be able to schedule this with your student team for a date and time that is convenient for you.

Developing Relationships

As a Health Mentor, you will develop a bond with a team of 4-5 Jefferson students.

Sharing Experiences

You will tell students about events in your life, about your health history, about what health insurance does and does not pay for, and about what makes a good health professional. Health Mentors will never have to answer questions with which they aren't comfortable.


Reading Other Teams' Stories

As a mentor, you will receive bi-annual newsletters in the mail about upcoming program activities. Health Mentors and students have an opportunity to share their stories in these newsletters.

Educating Future Health Professionals

Students will learn about patient-centered care. Health Mentors will provide students with a rich understanding of the role of health, and healthcare, in their lives. You will allow students to realize how each profession is a valuable member of the healthcare team. Students will "give back" to their mentors by applying these lessons as they care for patients in the future.

Program Contacts

If you would like to apply to become a Health Mentor, or just get more information, you can email or call:

Apply to become a Health Mentor


Community Partners

Interested in becoming a Community Partner? Contact us to learn how your organization can participate in the Health Mentors Program.

For Educators

We are delighted to share our educational resources with you. For more information, contact Sarah Dallas and/or Nethra Ankam & Tracey Earland.

For Jefferson Students

Health Mentors Program details and team assignments are posted to Blackboard.

Student's Experience

Our mentor was wonderful. She actually worked in health care so she had a very good grasp on her own health and what was being done medically to manage her conditions. She also had a very unique insight into being a patient with a chronic illness and caring for a patient with a chronic illness. I know she loved being involved as well.

— Physical Therapy Student

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