Danielle Wickman via Crowdrise
January 31, 2012
Project Food started in the basement of a church where free meals were provided for the less fortunate. However, for the last seven years, after the meals are served 1st and 2nd year medical students have been providing medical screenings, assessments, and administering basic health care to the indigent population of the Inland Empire FREE OF CHARGE. This Student Run Health Clinic continues to be associated with Project Food and has expanded over the years. In addition to the medical and undergraduate students the volunteers now include community physicians and Kaiser resident physicians who oversee the students. The clinic services have also grown and now offers free dental and pharmaceutical services. Everyone involved is doing this as a volunteer; no pay for the doctors or nurses and no academic credit for the students. In order to maintain this Student Run Health Clinic for its eighth year WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Our goal is to raise $10,000 to cover the costs of overhead and supplies. Please donate what you can, every $1 helps.
Student Run Health Clinic (SRHC) is a non-profit organization that has provided free, long-termmedical care to low-income and homeless Riverside populations for over 7 years. SRHC is a member of the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) and is partnered with Project FOOD, a non-profit organization committed to providing free meals to the homeless and indigent population of Riverside. Project Food is held every other Wednesday followed by SRHC from 5 pm to 9 pm at the First Congregational Church located at 3755 Lemon St, Riverside CA 92501. In general, Riverside is a multicultural community with little health care available to low income or uninsured patients other than the emergency room of the local hospital. Most of these patients are homeless, living on the streets in the downtown area or under overpasses or bridges. Our clinic is their only free reliable source of follow-up medical care and prescription medications that otherwise they cannot afford.
Our list of services includes basic clinical exams and laboratory tests, simple medical procedures, wound care, and an extensive supply of physician prescribed medications, in addition to providing contraceptives and hygiene kits. We recently expanded to offer a diabetes-management program, a smoking cessation support group, and dental care.Our volunteer staff includes over 56 medical students from the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Biomedical Sciences MD Program, resident physicians from Kaiser Permanente hospitals, Pharmacy students from Western University School of Pharmacy, and Dental students from Western University School of Dentistry. All these students are working under supervision from a number of clinical faculty from the University of California Riverside School of Medicine, a number of Board Certified attending physicians practicing in the Riverside area, a Board Certified Pharmacist, and a Board Certified Dentist. Our volunteer pool dedicates their time twice a month to serve this population.
In addition to grants, we depend on the kindness and generosity of individuals, businesses, and corporations in order to raise the funds necessary to provide quality healthcare to our target population. The funding serves to provide prescription medications, medical supplies, laboratory tests and keeping SRHC running for another year.
Thank you for your consideration to give back to the community of the Inland Empire. We appreciate your support in our efforts to provide free and accessible healthcare to the underserved population of our community. As a token of gratitude, you will be recognized in our Annual Banquet for your contribution.