Thank you for your interest in WAHA! We are committed to improving the health care system in our community — volunteering with WAHA means you are part of the solution: connecting people to health care and facilitating the transformation of the current system into one that improves health, reduces cost and improves the experience of care.

SHIBA Volunteer Opportunities

Recruiting new SHIBA volunteers for 2018!

The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) is a statewide network of trained volunteers who educate, assist and advocate for consumers about their rights and options regarding Medicare health insurance and health care access. A program of the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner, SHIBA volunteers provides free, unbiased, and confidential advising. SHIBA is also Washington State’s Senior Medicare Patrol project. SMP volunteers help clients prevent, detect and report Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse. Locally SHIBA is sponsored by the nonprofit Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement.

Do you like working with people one-on-one or in groups? How about educating others on important information useful for their health care decision making? Or perhaps you have a great flair for marketing?  Join our team of local volunteers! As an outreach representative, you would conduct community presentations on Medicare and related health insurance options. You would also provide one-on-one assistance to help Medicare beneficiaries, their caregivers or representatives with questions and problems related to Medicare & related health insurances. Interested? Connect with our Whatcom SHIBA Program Coordinator by visiting our Contact page to learn more about this opportunity.

Positions related to community outreach and public speaking:

Would you consider yourself detailed oriented and organized? Tech savvy with good attention to numbers and target goals? As a SHIBA Data Specialist, you would play an crucial role on ensuring accuracy of data and supporting our program goals that further promote our mission. Connect with our Whatcom SHIBA Program Coordinator by visiting our Contact page to learn more about this opportunity.

Position related to data analysis and entry:

Do you have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy working with folks one-on-one and their families?  Would you also describe yourself as a problem solver and a great communicator? As a SHIBA or SMP Counselor, you would be our go to subject matter expert on all things Medicare and provide option advising within the complex Medicare system. Connect with our Whatcom SHIBA Program Coordinator by visiting our Contact page to learn more about this opportunity.

Positions related to direct client service and systems navigation:

Advanced Care Planning Opportunties

WAHA is recruiting diverse volunteers for a community advance care planning project.

Making your health care choices known in advance is a gift to those you love. Join a wonderful team of trained and certified volunteers to offer advance care planning services throughout Whatcom County through our WAHA End of Life Choices program!

This is a community‐based project that engages all those 18 years and older to plan for the quality of medical care they want to receive when they’re not able to speak for themselves,
normalizing conversations about those wishes, and increasing the number of advance directives that are available, honored and understood.

Volunteer Ambassadors and Facilitators receive valuable professional training to guide individuals and families in discussions of goals, values and beliefs for future health care decisions. There are also opportunities to offer community presentations if the volunteer is interested.

We are also are recruiting volunteers who live in Whatcom County, outside of Bellingham, are members of diverse cultural groups, and/or are native speakers of one of the prevalent non-English language groups (Spanish, Punjabi, Russian, American Sign Language, etc.). We welcome all inquiries.

Visit our Contact page to get in touch with a team member and request a volunteer application.

(Last Updated 2/12/2018)