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UB HEALS (Homeless health, Education, Awareness, and Leadership in Street medicine) is a JSMBS Street Medicine outreach initiative with the mission to increase access to health care among the homeless population of Buffalo, NY by directly improving their overall health and influencing medical education.
As a student-run project, we seek to address the unique medical and psychosocial needs of the homeless population while providing a valuable educational experience for medical students.
Medical students and faculty from JSOMBS, in partnership with the Matt Urban Human Services of WNY, will participate in direct street outreach to the homeless population in an effort to bridge gaps between the homeless and the medical community. By building these key relationships and expanding trust between medical students and this important population, UB HEALS aims to make a major impact on healthcare in Buffalo, NY.
Program Manager: Jacob Blum
Assistant Program Manager: Christine Toufexis
Street Rounds Manager: Thomas Fiorica
Public Relations Leader: Lisa Samuels
Medical Care Managers: Andrew Claffey, Jennifer Wang
Secretory: Sneha Dilip
Treasurer: Jake Canavan
Research and Data Coordinator: Mark Lawler
Special Rounds Manager: Ilana Selli
SEAL Team Faciliators: Michael Campbell and Mark Pryshlak
Dr. D. Milling
Street medicine rounds every Tuesday and Friday from 7-9PM.
A street medicine round is medical outreach on the streets in an effort to provide healthcare to unsheltered individuals where they reside. Rounding teams will consist of trained UB HEALS leader and medical student volunteers along with Dr. Milling when he is available. With the guidance of a social worker and registered nurse from our established social services partner, the team will travel on foot or by van to various known areas of homeless residence. The teams will be equipped with backpacks of basic medical gear in an effort to try to help the homeless individuals we see and further understand their current situation.