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Community impact: Student-run clinics

UC Health students collaborate to serve the underserved.

At UC Health, learning extends beyond the classroom. Students volunteer to run clinics that serve the neediest patients.

UCLA’s student-run Mobile Clinic Project has served the homeless of West Hollywood every Wednesday night, rain or shine, for more than a decade.

“We’re here where they feel most comfortable,” said one of the program’s undergraduate coordinators, Kevin Norris, in a July 16 article in the Los Angeles Times.

The mobile clinic is a joint project of the UCLA College of Letters and Science, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and School of Law. The clinic also partners with the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, which shares its space on the corner of Romaine Street and North Sycamore Avenue, providing clients a place to receive medical care, legal services and hot meals.

Student-run clinics exemplify UC Health’s public service mission: collaborating with the community to serve the underserved.

UCLA's Mobile Clinic Project (click images for larger view)

UCLA’s mobile clinic was inspired by the Suitcase Clinic, which was founded in 1989 by students in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program and UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health to provide low-income and homeless people with free health and social services. All UC medical school campuses now have student-run clinics, nurtured by award-winning faculty such as Emily Dow at UC Irvine and Ellen Beck at UC San Diego. And don’t forget about cats and dogs – UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine students run the Mercer clinic that serves pets of homeless people.

Read the Los Angeles Times story.

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