Southern Ute Tribe Testing & Relief - Medical & Dental Relief

Southern Ute Tribe Testing & Relief

January 10, 2021 - January 15, 2021

Join For As Little As: $250

  • $250 - No discounts or rebates for disaster relief trips

  • See More Info below for full details and additional options for travel

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutInternational Medical Relief is partnering with the State of Colorado to serve the Southern Ute Tribe. A team of medical and management professionals will be conducting COVID-19 testing and education to the Southern Ute community in Ignacio, Colorado.

The Southern Ute Tribe lies within the southwest corner of the State of Colorado. The Tribe has 575,000 contiguous acres, which span from Colorado into the States of New Mexico and Utah. The Tribe has 2,134 enrolled members who reside both on and off the reservation. The tribal administration is located in the community of Ignacio, Colorado and the White Mesa community is located in Blanding, Utah.

Your team will be based in Ignacio and will serve the people of the Southern Ute Tribe by providing registration, appointment verification, patient identification validation, eligibility for testing, obtaining patient testing consent, preparation of test kits, performing the swab process, and most importantly, educating patients on all aspects of COVID-19 prevention and protection.

You and your team will play an important role in gaining data to allow the reopening of the region.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYour team will be staying at the Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio that is safe, clean, and comfortable on the nights of January 12, 13, and 14. All other nights do not include accommodation. If you would like to have accommodation included during your nights in Denver, this will be available to you for an additional $500. Please contact our office at (970) 635-0110 or office@imrus.org.

Transportation to Ignacio from Denver is included. However, transportation to Denver from your home city is not provided. Individual coordination will be necessary. If you need assistance with transporting to and from Denver, please contact our office at (970) 635-0110 and office@imrus.org.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsInternational Medical Relief is collaborating with several strategic partners to give an opportunity for volunteers to work with the Southern Ute Tribe in Ignacio and get Colorado back to health!

Trip Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

January 10, 2021: Arrivals & Shelter

Today, you and your team will arrive in Denver, Colorado at a site for one of IMR's COVID-19 relief efforts. Please ensure your arrival no later than 7am. Upon arrival, you will meet your team leader and get acquainted with your fellow team members. You and your team will be assisting the team leader with our efforts at this site for the day. Your shift today will run long into the evening hours.

Meals Included: None
Accommodation: Not Included

January 11, 2021: Warehouse & Orientation

Today, you and your team will arrive in Loveland, Colorado at our warehouse. You and your team will be assisting the team leader in packing supplies for your mission. Your team leader will be providing a tour of the warehouse, leading an orientation to introduce the community's needs, the purpose of the mission, IMR's protocols, and assign roles for your days ahead.

Meals Included: None
Accommodation: Not Included

January 12, 2021: Travel to Ignacio

From Denver, you and your team will begin your drive to Ignacio, a small town located near the Four Corners in Colorado. The drive from Denver is approximately 6 hours through the beautiful Rocky Mountain terrain.

Meals Included: Dinner
Accommodation: Included @ Sky Ute Casino Resort

January 13 - 14, 2021: Testing

During these two days, you and your team will be serving the Ute people through low-exposure, drive-through testing for COVID-19. The Southern Ute Tribe lies within the southwest corner of the State of Colorado. The Tribe has 575,000 contiguous acres, which span into the States of New Mexico and Utah. The tribal administration is located in the community of Ignacio, Colorado and the White Mesa community is located in Blanding, Utah. The Ute people are the oldest residents of Colorado, inhabiting the mountains and vast areas of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Eastern Nevada, Northern New Mexico and Arizona. At their request, in partnership with the State of Colorado, IMR will be bringing a highly-skilled team of medical professionals to provide COVID-19 testing and education. Each evening, you and your team will have a team dinner and debrief.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Included @ Sky Ute Casino Resort

January 15, 2021: Travel to Denver & Departures

Enjoy a final team breakfast at your accommodation before beginning your drive back to Denver and departure home.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Not Included

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 125 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments / Requirements & Earlybird Discount

How much do I need to pay?

Cost Per Volunteer: $250

Before Apr 27th, 2020: 50

  • Pay 125 of the total cost by the Early Bird date AND upload/complete all of your required documents and forms receive $200 off the cost of your trip.  
  • Meeting this goal ensures that your space on the team is confirmed
  • You are an EARLY BIRD!  
  • Payment in full is due by Jan 7th, 2021

After Apr 27th, 2020: 250

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 125 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms!  
  • Space on our teams is on a first come/first serve basis.  Your space is not reserved until you have met these requirements.  
  • Payment in full is due by Jan 7th, 2021
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Apr 27th, 2020.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Apr 27th, 2020:  YES! IMR will arrange your international flight on a "group" ticket at your request!

  • Domestic and international airfare is NOT included in the published cost of the trip.
  • Pay 125 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms to be eligible to fly on the international group ticket.
  • Submit your flight choice as “economical” or “premier” in your account.
  • Approve the ticket that IMR is going to purchase on your behalf and complete the purchase with IMR's approved travel agency.
  • The cost of airport transfers are included in the cost of your ticket!

After Apr 27th, 2020: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 125 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Apr 27th, 2020
    • Contact the office to see if group tickets are still available.
    • Submit your flight choice as “economical” or “premier”, approve the ticket, and complete the purchase with IMR's approved travel agency.  
    • The cost of airport transfers are included in the cost of your ticket!
    • You will need to purchase your domestic roundtrip ticket after your international flight is ticketed and confirmed.
May I purchase my own international flights?

Yes! Purchasing your own international flights provide you with maximum travel flexibility! 

  • Some trips may require an international flight and a domestic flight in country to meet the team.
  • You are required to meet the IMR team at the designated time and location per the trip itinerary
  • Submit your flight choice as “independent”.
  • You have many options for extending your stay including extended stays available through IMR’s preferred travel agency, Worldwide Navigators
  • If you would like to request airport transfers at an additional cost, please click on the link to send an email to the IMR office.

Extended Stays - Trip of a lifetime!!

May I book an extended stay through IMR if I choose the group flight?

Yes!

Contact Worldwide Navigators to see your options

May I book an extended stay through IMR if I choose to book my own tickets?

Yes!

Sleeping the way you want to!

What are the sleeping arrangements?
  • Triple or double twin bed rooms are standard on IMR trips. This is part of our safety and security policies.
  • Each volunteer has their own bed (no shared beds outside of couples). 
  • Let  the IMR Office know if you are a family or couple.  We always try to accommodate our volunteer’s needs!  Please use the link to email our office. 
  • IMR does not discriminate in any way – please let us know your rooming needs.  
  • Please understand if we are unable to accommodate your specific needs based on availability at the hotel or lodging on your trip. 
Are single rooms available?

Yes!

  • Contact the IMR Office to find out if single rooms are available and at what cost
  • Standard IMR sleeping arrangements are double or triple rooms, twin beds

Sleeping the way you want too!!

Travel Assistance

If you would like help booking flights, hotels, extended stays, and more contact Worldwide Navigators at (970) 633-3033.

Fundraising

IMR provides a personal and customizable fundraising page to all registered trip applicants.  We provide a fundraising packet that is full of ideas on how you can raise support or supplies to be utilized on this specific mission.  You may download this information and individual items such as letters requesting support, our 501(c)3 information, and a list of needed supplies from your Volunteer Resources page.  When soliciting donations for any of our trips, your personal story is your most powerful tool.  Why do you want to go? Whom will you help?  How will your donors help you achieve your ultimate goal?  Tell your story to anyone and everyone. Refer your potential or active donors to your IMR personal fundraising page by sharing your unique URL on social media, via email, and through personal contact.  Give your supporters our website and Facebook page so they can see the great things that IMR has accomplished since our founding in 2002.  Did you know we have cared for almost 300,000 patients in the last 16 years?  We need your help and the help of your donors to see 300,000 more patients in the years ahead!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the donation amount include?

The donation amount INCLUDES:

  • Transportation, Accommodations and Meals after joining the IMR team at the designated meeting location in country
  • Cultural activity outlined in itinerary
  • Clinic supplies & medications for patients

You may choose to join an economical or premier group flight, priced at the time the tickets are purchased.  You will receive details regarding the group flight at your trips earlybird deadline.  For more information please contact our preferred travel agency Worldwide Navigators - flights@worldwidenavigators.com 

NOT included in the donation amount:

  • Domestic and International Airfare
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Travel Insurance
  • Malpractice Insurance
What will the team be doing on the trip?

IMR teams provide medical and dental care and community health education to communities that lack access to care. A typical IMR team consists of doctors, dentists, and advanced practice providers, nurses, EMTs, medical/dental/nursing students, pre-med students, and non-medical volunteers.  The team makeup for your trip is not guaranteed to be as described above and is dependent on the individual volunteers who make up your team.  The team usually stays in a central location and travels each day to a different community to set up a mobile medical and dental clinic. In order to promote lasting and sustainable improvements in the health of those communities, IMR conducts an extensive community health education program, teaching about prevention and treatment in small groups and during individual consultations with providers. No matter what your specialty or skill level, there is a job for you on an IMR trip!

Can I fundraise for the trip?

Yes!  Many volunteers fundraise for trips.  You can find information and tips on how to fundraise on your Volunteer Resources page on the IMR website.  You will have access to a personal fundraising page with a unique URL that you can share with family, friends, business associates, and any potential donors via social media.   IMR is a 501(c)3 charity, and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Are there any important dates I need to know?
      • IMR Group Flight: In order to qualify for the IMR Group Flight, you will need to reach 50% of the required donation on or before Apr 27th, 2020.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Apr 27th, 2020.
Are there additional costs / expenses for the trip?
  • Domestic and International Airfare
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel
  • Travel Insurance
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team itinerary, payable at the time of service to the local vendor
Can IMR assist me with travel plans and extended stay options?

Yes!  We encourage our volunteers to extend their stay and explore.  Extending your stay also puts money into the economies of these developing countries!

Trip Preparation


A service that we are very proud of at IMR is the preparation that each team and team member receives prior to the trip. This is one of the most important reasons that you should join an IMR team.

All team members have access to the IMR Volunteer Resources page where you may view and download important conference calls, a detailed briefing packet outlining the important elements that make a successful trip, packing lists, a checklist to keep you on track, and much more. You will find detailed information on how clinic operates, the roles on an IMR team, community health education topics, fundraising tips, and all of the materials our licensed providers need including best practices for providing care in short term medical clinics, public health information specific to the country you are traveling too, and a guide to the infectious diseases of that country.  You will also find a comprehensive country briefing packet that provides background information, cultural etiquette, common phrases, and links to additional information from a variety of sources on your volunteer resources page.  Finally, a departure packet that outlines how and where to meet your team will be sent just prior to departure and can be downloaded from the volunteer resources page.

IMR applicants and team members are also able to join in two informational calls: About IMR and How Clinic Operates/Provider Guidelines.   A Q and A call just prior to departure helps to ensure that you have the most important information and are ready to go!  If you can't join our live calls, you can listen at any time via your Volunteer Resources page.  Your team's departure call will be recorded by and sent by email to the team immediately following the call.

All of our volunteers have access to a personal IMR fundraising page with a unique URL that can be emailed and shared with family, friends, business associates, and other potential donors.

Did you know you can earn CME credits on line with IMR?  www.cmeonline.net will get you to 6 1 hour courses containing great tips for treating a variety of conditions in the field including wounds, hypertension, dengue fever, and more.

Most importantly, we are always here to answer your questions or help you complete your application. It is our goal that we exceed your expectations for preparation, patient care, and your overall trip. Let us know how we can help and how we did!

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