UH Med Now
Homeless Patients Grateful for Medical School’s Mobile Health Clinics
Date: May 6th, 2015 in Care, Faculty, JABSOM News, Student Life
University of Hawai’i medical student volunteers of the John A. Burns School of Medicine, assisted by MD faculty, have served the medical treatment and wellness needs of Hawai’i’s homeless populations since 2005, through the Hawai‘i Homeless Outreach and Medical Education (H.O.M.E.) Project. Medical services provided at mobile health clinics three times a week in communities throughout O’ahu include care for acute and chronic health problems, preventive services, health counseling, vaccines, and free medications for those without insurance.
In addition to the clinics, the H.O.M.E. Project also sponsors Keiki Halloween carnivals, Keiki Christmas parties, Mother’s Day gifts, a homeless teen mentoring program, and an annual school supplies drive in support of the health and well-being of this growing community. Learn more at hawaiihomeproject.org
MORE ABOUT THE Hawaiʻi H.O.M.E. Project
In addition to the clinics, H.O.M.E. also sponsors Keiki Halloween carnivals, Keiki Christmas parties, Mother’s Day gift drives, a teen mentoring program, and an annual school supply drive in support of the health and well-being of this growing community.
The Medical Education Element
Second-year medical students have the opportunity to work as managers of the H.O.M.E. Project or its spin-off program formed in 2011, the Hawai’i Youth Program for Excellence (H.Y.P.E.). H.Y.P.E. is aimed at helping teenage homeless get physical exercise and feel better about themselves.
Third-year medical students at JABSOM perform a Family Medicine and Community Health Clerkship with the homeless outreach project, where–for every week for nearly two months (seven weeks)–they must work at two to three clinics. For 10 fourth-year medical students, an elective also is available which requires them to provide health care at no fewer than 25 clinics in their final year of medical school. Every year since its inception, the fourth-year elective has been filled to capacity; a sign of how successful the medical school’s curriculum promoting care for the under-served is.