Community Teacher Program

As part of the Phase II experience, students meet with patient volunteers called “Community Teachers” that serve as an integral part in this phase of the interprofessional education curriculum. Community Teachers provide students with a deeper understanding of the importance of interpersonal skills in combination with their program-specific knowledge. Community Teachers will share with students their experiences as patients in navigating the health-care system, managing chronic health conditions, and being an active participant in the coordination of their care.

Note: The students do not provide health care advice, but rather focus on learning how to work in an interprofessional healthcare team, including understanding which questions to ask so they can work collaboratively in understanding the needs of the patient.

Student Program Overview

Student Participant Resources:

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Expectations of Student Participants

  • All student participants must view the required orientation to the Community Teacher program, available via the 1Health Database (students will receive email notification when it is available for their academic year), and self-report that they have viewed the recording in the 1Health Database upon completion.
  • Student teams of 3-4 students will be assigned to a CT; these teams will remain the same throughout the academic year.
  • Visit with their CT three times throughout the academic year:
    • Visit 1 must be completed by Sunday, October 31, 2021
    • Visit 2 must be completed by Duluth teams by Sunday, December 5, 2021.
    • Visit 2 must be completed by Twin Cities teams by Sunday, February 27, 2022.
    • Visit 3 must be completed by Friday, April 1, 2022
  • Each group will be responsible for coordinating with one another and their CT to find the best time and mode of connection for virtual CT visits.
    • It is recommended that each team assign a “team captain” who can be responsible for contacting the CT and scheduling the visits.
  • All students in a team must attend the CT visit together.
  • Complete a post-visit team assessment immediately after each visit (found in the 1Health Database)
  • Attend a large-group CT debriefing session in the fall (as assigned in the 1Health Database)
  • Complete a required mid-year and end-of-year course evaluation.
  • Through visits with CT, student teams will reflect upon and report on their experiences with their CT in a final paper assignment. The final assignment will include a summary of the CT's strengths, needs, and opportunities to enhance their wellbeing, with special consideration to factors that impact the CT’s health, access to services, or patterns of health care utilization. The team will provide recommendations to improve the CT's health and wellbeing, as well as reflect on their overall experience working on a person-centered team. This completed paper is to be shared with the CT at the final visit. Any revisions and feedback from the CT should be incorporated into the paper. The final group reflection paper will be submitted to the 1Health Curriculum Coordinator ([email protected]) to document course completion. Students will also give a copy of the final copy to their CT, and they can choose to share this with any of their health care team members, family members, etc.
  • Complete a required self-reflection assignment in Flipgrid and self-report completion in the 1Health Database.
  • If a CT is unavailable for a scheduled visit, students must attempt to reschedule within an acceptable time frame.
  • If any issues arise, please communicate with the 1Health course coordinator as soon as possible by emailing [email protected]

Course Links

1Health Database - This database will track your participation in all 1Health interprofessional curricular and co-curricular offerings during your educational career at University of Minnesota.  You will be asked to use this system to access all of the course details for the CT course, including your CT group information, assignment details, debriefing session date/time information, and also to provide valuable course feedback.  A record of all of your completed 1Health interprofessional curricular and co-curricular activities can be found on your homepage in the 1Health Database (upon logging in, go to the blue "My Transcript" tile on your "My 1Health Overview" homepage).

Important Dates: 2021-22 Academic Year

tem & Description 

Due Date

View Orientation Video

Friday, September 10, 2021 (all participants)

Teams must at least initiate contact with CT--note that CTs have been told they will be contacted by this date!

Friday, September 24, 2021

Complete Visit #1 & the online team assessment form for Visit #1

Sunday, October 31, 2021 (all participants)

CT Debriefing Session--check 1Health Database for your assigned date/time/location

Varies by team; check your assigned date/time/location in the 1Health Database (under "My CT Activities," click the "Debriefing-Fall" tab)

Complete required mid-year evaluation in 1Health Database

Duluth teams: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Twin Cities teams: Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Complete Visit #2 & the online team assessment form for Visit #2

Duluth teams: Sunday, December 5, 2021

Twin Cities teams: Sunday, February 27, 2022

Complete Visit #3 & the online team assessment form for Visit #3

Friday, April 1, 2022 (all participants)

Self-Reflection due (see "Self-Reflection" tab in 1Health Database for details/information)

MUST COMPLETE and SELF-REPORT by 12:00 PM on Friday, April 15, 2022

Final Assignments due (see “Final” tab in 1Health Database for details/template links)

MUST SUBMIT by 12:00 PM on Friday, April 15, 2022 (email to [email protected])

Complete required End of Course Evaluation in 1Health Database

MUST COMPLETE by 11:59 PM on Friday, April 29, 2022

Student completion record updated in 1Health Database by 1Health team

Friday, May 6, 2022

Community Teacher Volunteers

Community Teacher Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the requirements for participating as a Community Teacher?

What are the requirements for participating as a Community Teacher?

The Community Teachers program is a volunteer program, seeking willing participants who wish to enrich the learning experience of health professions students through the sharing of their first-hand experiences of managing their chronic condition(s) within the healthcare system. All participants must meet these minimum requirements:

  1. Be 18 years of age or older;
  2. Be available to meet virtually (phone or video call) with a team of 2-4 students, three times per year;
  3. Have at least one chronic medical condition requiring medication;
  4. Be willing to share with the students their perspective and experience navigating the healthcare system with regards to their chronic condition.

How long is the program and what is the time commitment?

How long is the program and what is the time commitment?

Community Teachers and students will meet virtually three times throughout the academic year. These visits will occur between October 2021 and April 2022. Visit 1 must occur by Oct. 31, 2021. Your students will reach out to you to schedule your meetings and you will have the opportunity to discuss scheduling with your team and determine what works best for everyone! Each visit will last for approximately 60-75 minutes. Community Teachers will be asked in the spring of each year if you want to volunteer again in the upcoming year.

With how many students will I meet?

With how many students will I meet?

Each “team” of community teachers and students will consist of one Community Teacher and 3-4 students (depending on final number of student participants). 

What types of students are in my team?

What types of students are in my team?

For the 2021-22 year, student participants on the TC campus will be from the Medical School, College of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, and Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Health Coaching programs. Student participants in Duluth will be from the college of Pharmacy (UMD) and Occupational Therapy (The College of St. Scholastica). 

How will I meet with students?

How will I meet with students?

Due to the challenges that we are all facing because of COVID-19, we want to make sure we are taking measures to ensure the safety of our students and Community Teacher Volunteers. We have made the decision to suspend in-person visits between students and Community Teachers for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year, until further notice. In place of in-person visits, we are asking Community Teachers to be available to conduct their visits virtually by phone or video call (Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, etc.). You and your student team will work together to determine which virtual method works best for everyone!     

What does a visit look like? How long are the visits?

What does a visit look like? How long are the visits?

Students will meet with Community Teachers for about 60-75 minutes  per visit. During each visit, students practice basic interviewing skills to understand the Community Teacher’s health care history and current needs, using a prepared visit guidelines document to steer the conversation.

Are the students able to give me health advice?

Are the students able to give me health advice?

NO. The students do not provide health care advice, but rather focus on learning how to work in a health care team, including understanding which questions to ask so they can work collaboratively in understanding the needs of the patient.

Are the students connected with my primary care provider?

Do they have access to my medical records?

NO. This volunteer experience is coordinated through the University of Minnesota's 1Health Interprofessional Education Curriculum, which teaches students from health professional programs the skills necessary to work with other health professions as they continue in their educational and professional development. The students have no connection to patient volunteers’ primary care providers, nor do the students have access to your medical records. Students will ask the patient volunteers basic interview questions and obtain a basic medical history from the patient at the initial home visit.

Is there any training I will need to complete to become a Community Teacher?

Is there any training I will need to complete to become a Community Teacher?

All Community Teachers will receive basic information about the program and expectations about the role prior to meeting with the students. The 1Health Team is available to answer any additional questions you might have; contact us at [email protected].

How do I apply?

How do I apply?

Please complete the online application or, to apply by mail, download and fill out the paper application and send it to us one of two ways:

  1. US Mail:
    • University of Minnesota -1Health Community Teacher Program, MMC 296 Mayo, 8296B Campus Delivery Code, 516 Delaware Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55455
  2. E-mail: [email protected]

Upon receipt of the application, the 1Health Team will review your information and contact you with next steps, usually within two weeks.

I have friends who want to volunteer in the Community Teacher program. How can I get your information to them?

I have friends who want to volunteer in the Community Teacher program. How can I get your information to them?

Current Community Teachers are our greatest recruiters!  We welcome your involvement in helping to recruit new volunteers!  Encourage your friends to apply using one of our two application methods mentioned at the top of this page. Additionally, please share the appropriate flyer with anyone who might be interested!

Questions about the CT program? Contact the 1Health Team by email at [email protected]

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