STREET MEDICINE INSTITUTE STUDENT COALITION

Recently, the Street Medicine Institute established its first Student Coalition - our first group focused on street medicine programs run by students worldwide.  Click the SMISC history and mission tab to learn more of our story.  Below you can find details about the current student leadership team.  Please become a member of the Street Medicine Institute, log in and click on the Student Coalition - Resources tab to view numerous student resources, including the SMISC Program Directory, Research and Resource Toolbox, FAQs, and more! Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

 

Meet the SMISC 2020/2021 Leadership Team:

Name: Ellie Small

SMISC Position: Chief Coordinator

University: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Street Medicine Experience: I served as the President of Detroit Street Care at MSUCOM’s Detroit Campus where we provide care for our neighbors experiencing homelessness through street medicine outreach and shelter-based clinics. Last year I served as the quality improvement coordinator of the SMISC and I am humbled to serve as the chief coordinator this year. My main focuses this year include advocating with rather than for the communities we serve, increasing transdisciplinary and international representation among the SMISC, facilitating collaboration between student street medicine teams, and spreading kindness and compassion through our shared love for street medicine.

Contact me for questions/comments/ideas about: General inquiries/suggestions for the SMISC; discuss ideas to develop and/or enhance Street Medicine programs; strategize approaches to community engagement and person-centered, transdisciplinary care

**These inquiries will be responded to as an entire team for a variety of perspectives. 

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Name: Sophie Roe
 
SMISC Position: Quality Improvement Coordinator
 
University: Graduated from Pomona College in 2019, currently applying to medical school
 
Street Medicine Experience: I was introduced to street medicine through an internship at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in summer 2017. I served as a volunteer EMT-in-training at Operation Safety Net with their street outreach team as an intern in summer 2018. In 2019, I partnered with SMI to conduct the first international study of the descriptive characteristics (funding sources, billing method, providers, scope of practice, etc.) of all street medicine programs as my senior thesis project. I hope to conduct further street medicine research and perhaps a second study of this nature, and I look forward to volunteering on a street medicine team in medical school and beyond!
 
Contact me for questions/comments/ideas aboutStarting a new Street Medicine Program; challenges and successes experienced during program development; Navigation of the SMISC google-drive and/or materials to contribute; Street Medicine quality improvement.

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Name: Sarah Hludzinski

SMISC Position: Communications Coordinator

University: University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Street Medicine experience: I began working in Street Medicine with the 4th Street Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2017. I volunteered here and with Maliheh Free Clinic as an EMT to assist underserved communities before traveling outside the U.S. to Tijuana, setting up free medical day clinics with Project Compassion. I moved to Los Angeles in 2019 to attend the USC Physician Assistant Program. When the pandemic emerged, I was able to work as an EMT with the Street Medicine providers through USC and bring COVID-19 testing to unsheltered encampments throughout LA County. I worked with outreach workers, healthcare teams, and multidisciplinary teams to follow patients on the street and assisted in getting many at-risk individuals into Project Roomkey; hotel rooms that the state set aside as non-congregate shelter options. I am part of the Trojan Trainer Program through USC in which I provide resources for patients experiencing homelessness currently with a team of other medical and PA students in LA. I am always looking for ways to further advocate and reach those experiencing homelessness and learn from other student groups carrying forward this effort!

Contact me for questions/comments/ideas about: How to use social media to spread the word on your program, effectively communicate to your team, share ideas on how to better structure programs or ideas that may help other teams, location-specific questions relating to LA County, general SMISC questions

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Name: Kerina Yao

SMISC Position: International Collaborations Coordinator

University: Maastricht University - International Track Medicine

Street Medicine experience: In 2011, I started doing outreach in the houseless community of Isla Vista, California with Street Health Outreach at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I led the group for 3 of my 4 years there. As my love for street medicine grew, I started volunteering at Doctors Without Walls' free mobile clinic for the houseless and working poor. I continued my work in this field as I moved to the Netherlands in 2016. I started volunteering at a medical respite which provided care to the houseless and refugees in the area around Rotterdam. This year I started my studies at Maastricht University. I am currently in the process of exploring new ways to get involved with people that are underserved in my new community.

Contact me for questions/comments/ideas about: Anything regarding street medicine programs not based in the United States. As most programs and members are US based, I would like to make resources and networking easily available and accessible to internationally based programs as well.

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Name: Lianna Foster-Bey

SMISC Position: Advocacy Chair

University: Wayne State University School of Medicine 

Street Medicine experience: Served as Patient Education / Care Co-Director for Street Medicine Detroit (SMD). During my time on the SMD board I focused on improving continuity of care, as well as implementing a longitudinal wellness seminar program that incorporated participant suggestions on health topics and collected practical data for improving health education to our homeless community in a wellness seminar setting. I have a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health and spent numerous hours working with a local community organization in Brooklyn, NY that provided health screenings and health education to underserved community members. 

Contact me for questions/comments/ideas about: Promoting patient (self)-advocacy and ensuring patients’ stories and voices are heard.

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Name: Justin Abadejos

SMISC Position: Student Liaison Coordinator

University: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Street Medicine Experience: I am currently serving as the President of Detroit Street Care at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine where we meet people where they are to provide basic necessities, primary medical care, foot care, and other healthcare and social based resources to the unsheltered population of Detroit. We are currently working on expanding our services to include a mobile medical unit and continue to advocate for human rights with our friends experiencing homelessness. I’m so excited to take on the Student Liaison Coordinator position to work with programs all over the world, new and old, to better provide care to our communities’ vulnerable populations. 

Contact me for questions/comments/ideas about: Questions about connecting with other street teams, options for solving issues that arise within your organization, recruiting volunteers and volunteer retention, and empowering volunteers through street medicine.

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NameEmily Seck

SMISC Position: Education and Development Strategist

UniversityYale School of Nursing

Street Medicine experienceMy work with street and rough sleepers began in 2014, as an AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps Member in Downtown Oakland. As an AmeriCorps member I had the flexibility and opportunity to work closely with two houseless women almost on a daily basis for a year, as a result I was able to walk with them through the process of finding affordable housing, managing chronic mental & physical health issues, and navigating social service resources. I became quickly frustrated both by the dearth of and labyrinth-like state of social services and supports that we have built for folks that find themselves on the streets. I decided that I needed to do and learn more, and subsequently worked as a patient navigator in a Community Health Center dedicated to serving houseless adults for the next three years. I now am in my final year at the Yale School of Nursing with the goal of becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that works with street sleepers to continue my advocacy and care for folks navigating the labyrinth of homelessness. I am delighted to be a part of SMISC and be surrounded by a community of like-minded future healthcare providers!

Contact me for questions/comments/ideas aboutNew webinar topics that you would like to hear about, or anything related to volunteering with other student Street Medicine groups, Street Medicine elective rotations, and/or residency opportunities.

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We look forward to collaborating with you!