All residents of Saskatoon have equal access to healthcare, nutrition, education, and employability skills to better arm them with tools to create opportunities for themselves.
SWITCH augments the training of future professionals while improving the health, education, and skills of people from Saskatoon’s core communities, ultimately achieving lasting positive change for everyone involved.
The following values serve as a guide as we work toward our vision
- Strive to provide comprehensive care that is holistic and interdisciplinary
- Earn the trust and respect of our partners, clients, mentors, and volunteers
- Be ethically, socially, and culturally responsible
- Compassion and empathy for everyone
SWITCH has been operating since October 2005. The fact that our clinic is as successful today as it was when it first opened is a testament to the hard work that went into designing Saskatoon’s Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health clinic as a sustainable organization.
Compared to other student-run clinics in Canada, SWITCH offers the largest variety of services, operates the highest volume of shifts, and has been open for the most number of years.
What a SWITCH shift is
What does a shift look like?
On each shift, there is:
• a physician or nurse practitioner and social work mentor
• 1-4 professional mentors from various health fields
• ~20 student volunteers from the U of S, U of R, First Nations University and Sask Polytech in medicine, nursing, physical therapy, social work, kinesiology, nutrition, clinical psychology, pharmacy, public health, arts & science, educational psychology, dentistry, and more
Partners and Sponsors
SWITCH would not be able to operate without the generous support and contributions, both financial and in-kind, of our partners which have been with our organization from the beginning. We are grateful and appreciative for the support and confidence these organizations give us every year.
- University of Saskatchewan
- Saskatoon Health Region – Primary Health
- Saskatoon Community Clinic
SWITCH is supported financially by a variety of organizations, institutions, companies, and granting agencies. This year we would like to thank and acknowledge the following sponsors for their contribution to SWITCH:
- University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine
- Durward Seafoot Estate
- Saskatoon Community Foundation – Quality of Life Grant
- Saskatoon Community Foundation – Jack & Sylvia Vicq Fund
- City of Saskatoon
- United Way
- Affinity Credit Union
- Community Initiatives Fund
- University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union
- SaskPolytechnic Nursing Division
- Dakota Dunes Development Corporation
- Tony & Mary Banks Family Fund
- and the many groups, organizations, and individuals who have raised money on behalf of and donated personally to SWITCH