Share: Certified Application Counselor


Program Overview

The Center for Rural Health (CRH) recruits Phoenix & Tucson health professional students to participate in SHARE. This is an opportunity for healthcare and public health students to 1) train as Certified Application Counselors 2) learn to navigate the healthcare system, and 3) be a leader for health. Certificates are provided by the Regional Center for Border Health, Inc., and the Western Region Public Health Training Center.

Throughout the certificate year, SHARE participates in enrollment events, outreach fairs and weekly SHARE office hours to reach the uninsured and under-insured. SHARE helps consumers understand health insurance coverage at events held across Pima and Maricopa County. Students help market the program and events.

This is an 8 month commitment with occasional, part-time hours (20-30 hours total) from October 2018 to May 2019.

Program Leadership:

Student Contact: Lauren Dominick

 am a current MS4 and joined SHARE to become more familiar with insurance terms and because I thought it would be a helpful skill set to develop to better serve my current and future patients. I have gained so much knowledge of how the marketplace works and how to better navigate it. I have been able to help patients complete their applications and seen the empowerment they experience as they take better control of their healthcare and open up the opportunities to seek preventative healthcare rather than just for acute, major issues.

I have seen so many patients that present with very advanced disease since they were unable to access care earlier and this is heartbreaking, especially when their condition could have been prevented or effectively managed sooner if they had access to healthcare. Helping sign people up for insurance makes me feel like I am making a difference and hopefully having a positive impact on their health even before I see them in clinic or in the hospital.


Please scroll to bottom of SHARE webpage for links to AHCCCS and AZ Marketplace applications as well as more information on health insurance in general.