Join Ohio SMP as a Volunteer Peer Educator
“All too often I read about exploitation of the elderly in the news. Makes me angry. And volunteering for SMP (and OSHIIP) is just my way of helping.”
~Ron, Ohio SMP Volunteer/Peer Educator
At the heart of Ohio Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) are volunteers/peer educators who educate groups of older Americans about illegitimate Medicare practices by presenting information to groups or by distributing literature at senior/health fairs.
Even while we are all keeping our distance and following other COVID-19 safety precautions, our peer educators are sharing information virtually with people they know from their own faith communities, retiree organizations, social groups, family, and others. When in-person gathering is again a safe option, our peer educators will again be offering presentations and staffing an information table at a health fair in your community. Maybe that peer educator is you! See how fun it is by watching this video of our peer educators in action!
As a volunteer peer educator, you will build your knowledge of the basics of Medicare and learn about health care fraud, and you will be equipped to inform others of how to recognize and avoid fraud and scams. If you can’t volunteer right now, take a look at other ways you can support Pro Seniors.
Ohio SMP has had a long-term collaboration with OSHIIP (Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program). We also have strong ties to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office so that both organizations can work to strengthen each other’s efforts to reduce the number of scams aimed at seniors.