PICS Organization Name
Siloam Family Health Center
Kathryn Phipps '19, David Lind '18
Siloam Health is a faith-based, charitably funded nonprofit organization that provides affordable, high-quality, whole-person care to the uninsured in the metro Nashville area as well as health promotion among our city’s immigrant and refugee communities. Siloam also offers mentorship to the next generation of health care providers through the Siloam Institute. Siloam Health’s mission is to share the love of Christ by serving those in need through health care. Siloam’s vision is for its whole-person health care ministry among the poor to be a catalyst for the flourishing of a whole “New Nashville.”
Siloam cares for over 5,000 patients resulting in over 20,000 patient encounters each year. Last year, we had patients in our clinic representing over 80 different countries, speaking over 70 different languages.
Having hosted two Princeton interns in recent summers, we know first-hand the tremendous quality of work they offer and the great benefit they have been to Siloam. As a nonprofit, they have helped/will help us with projects that we simply haven't had the capacity to do as well as we'd like. The previous interns brought energy and fresh eyes to our community health programs outside our four walls, and we'd love to continue that partnership. We feel the benefits are mutually beneficial for all involved!
Title: Refugee Health Coordinator
Siloam is currently in the initial stages of launching a new program called Nashville Neighbors, where we will pair volunteer teams with newly arrived refugee families for a 6-month commitment. The volunteers will be trained to teach a very basic health education curriculum over the course of those six months with two specific goals in mind:
- promote wellness amongst our refugee populations
- deepen relationships and offer a broader social network and support system between new refugees and established community members
The intern's primary responsibility will be to communicate cross-culturally with case workers, interpreters, patients, staff and volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and faiths to help coordinate the logistics of this new program. We are currently starting a 6-month soft launch from October through March, with a full roll out in April. This will be perfect timing for an intern to help us build momentum through the summer.
- cross-cultural experience
- intermediate to high level computer skills (Office, Excel, email communication)
- skills in collecting/reporting data
- highly organized; skills in tracking systems, scheduling, multitasking, etc.
- self motivated, independent, self-initiative
- A second language (particularly Spanish or Arabic) would be very helpful but is not required.
- previous experience/studies in community health would be particularly helpful
Expected Start Time
Expected End Time
May - August
Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, Global Health Policy
Occasional training sessions, meetings will occur on weekday evenings (approx. 2 per month) and Saturdays (even less frequent).
Background check via secure website is required.
With our last PICS intern, she was able to find housing on her own in Nashville without too much trouble. However, if that becomes more problematic for our next intern, we're happy to help in this process. We have a large database of staff, volunteers, and local churches that know Siloam well and would potentially be willing to host someone for the summer.
I was sent into refugees' homes to teach a health literacy class which allowed me to participate directly in Siloam's upstream model of health care, which gives attention to the social determinants of health, such as health literacy, which especially affects vulnerable immigrant and refugee populations. But these experiences were also hugely educationally enriching as I was able to practice Spanish conversation with native speakers, gain cultural insight into over 8 vastly different cultural backgrounds, and an acute awareness of the human impact of global sociopolitical crises around the world.
—Kathryn Phipps '19