Street Medicine is something different.
Instead of waiting for patients to come into the healthcare world, we meet people where they are. We grab our stethoscopes, put on our backpacks, and go to our neighbors who are never going to come to a clinic on their own. We provide free medical care to anyone often visiting local parks, women's shelters, and shelters for our unhoused neighbors.
How Healthcare Professionals can help
LLU Street Medicine can't operate without physicians and licensed providers (nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and licensed resident physicians). Currently, a shortage of providers is the only factor limiting the number of our outreaches. The ministry is an important educational experience for students as they develop life-altering (and sometimes career-altering) compassion for our marginalized neighbors. By volunteering as a provider, you're not just giving your own time - you're enabling 6-12 students to engage in interprofessional education and collaboration, practice their clinical skills, improve their communication skills with patients and colleagues, and to serve our community. Our students couldn't participate without you.
If you are a licensed provider interested in volunteering with us, we would love to hear from you. We hope to have you join us on an outreach in the near future!
To volunteer or for any questions, please contact the Street Medicine directors Esther and Jadelyn at email@example.com
How Students can Volunteer
Are you a student interested in applying your education to your community? We would love to have you join us. Before participating in an outreach, volunteers must complete the following items:
1. Attend orientation meeting for your program at the beginning of the academic year or contact Street Medicine directors Esther Gow Lee and Jadelyn Bautista at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an orientation.
2. Complete the Risk Waiver Form. Contact the Street Medicine directors Esther Gow Lee and Jadelyn Bautista at email@example.com for the form. Sign and turn in to Gaby Kunze or Karen Schiller in the School of Medicine's Dean Office in the Coleman Student Pavilion.
3. Email Directors and cc Gaby Kunze or Karen Schiller to notify us that you have submitted the form.
After submitting your form, you will be added to the volunteer email list. You will be notified of the upcoming outreaches on a weekly basis. Volunteer slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
More about Street Medicine
Loma Linda Street Medicine is a volunteer student-run outreach group whose goal is to provide a healthcare safety net for people without homes in San Bernardino. We run 1-3 outreaches a week to provide free and high quality transitional care under the supervision of Loma Linda University Health providers and pharmacists. We provide services such as medical checkups, drug counseling, flu shots, COVID vaccinations, blood pressure and blood glucose screening, referral to SACHS clinic, and more.
We are a branch of Healthy Neighborhood Projects that operates in parallel with Social Action Community Health System (SACHS). We are supported by the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Allied Health, Department of Family Medicine, and Preventive Medicine Department as well as other volunteer providers.
Join us in being a neighbor to those who need it most and working to make all people whole.