NEW - SMI Student Coalition

The recently established Street Medicine Institute Student Coalition (SMISC) is dedicated to uniting all students interested in street medicine to share our best practices, resources, ideas and research. As part of the international Street Medicine Institute, we focus on helping students start and grow programs that provide healthcare to the unsheltered homeless where they live. 

SMISC has a monthly newsletter, regular webinars and online meetings so our members can collaborate and set up their individual street medicine groups for success. SMISC is also ideal for any health professional student interested in starting a street medicine group at their institution, and for university leaders and providers who work with student-run street medicine teams. 

Join SMISC or contact any student on the leadership team by emailing [email protected]. You can also join our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/studentcoalition. 

SMISC mission statement:

The Street Medicine Institute Student Coalition is dedicated to promoting inclusive, reality-based, person-centered care for our unsheltered homeless community members throughout the world. We strive to inspire and equip students to provide high-quality Street Medicine through transdisciplinary student, consumer, and community collaboration. Viewing the streets as a classroom for social justice with the privilege to empathetically learn from the people, we hope to instill the transcending principles of Street Medicine throughout healthcare systems.

Meet SMISC’s 2018-19 leadership team: 

Name: Brianne Feldpausch

SMISC Position: Chief Coordinator

University: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Street Medicine experience: Served as a medical case manager and clinical coordinator for 6 months with the Operation Safety Net Street Medicine team in Pittsburgh, PA. Founded the Spartan Street Medicine program in Lansing, MI and served as Program Director for 1.5 years. Continuing to assist Spartan Street Medicine as a Peer Strategist.

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: Lissie Arndt

SMISC Position: Advocacy Chair

University: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Street Medicine experience: Was on the founding team of Spartan Street Medicine in the position of Community Health Coordinator, with a focus on Quality Improvement. Served as an AmeriCorps members for 2 years at a Federally Qualified Community Health Center, where I helped run a Consumer Advisory Board for HIV positive patients. 

Contact me for questions/comments/ideas about: Ways to promote patient (self)-advocacy.

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Name: Lauren Burgoon

SMISC Position: Communications Coordinator

University: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Street Medicine experience: I’m on the leadership team of CMSRU Street Medicine, where my focus has been on communications, fundraising, sustainability for our group and expanding CMSRU Street Medicine’s outreach. I lead teams for our weekly outreach, coordinate with physicians who join us on outreach, and look for opportunities to collaborate with our affiliated hospital. Before medical school, I volunteered with a student-led clinic at Philadelphia homeless shelters, where I provided rapid HIV testing and counseling to patients.

Contact me for questions/comments/ideas about: How to spread the word about your Street Medicine group’s work; how to effectively communicate with members; inquiries regarding promotion of your Street Medicine program in the SMISC newsletter and social media

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Name: Katie MacMillan

SMISC Position: Program Development Strategist

University:Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Street Medicine experience: Was on the founding team of Spartan Street Medicine in the position of Social Outreach Coordinator, with a focus on quality improvement and research. 

Contact me for questions/comments/ideas about: Incorporation of Street Medicine into academic curriculum, the student presence at the International Street Medicine Symposium, and student liaison meetings and events

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Name: Lexie Ranski 

SMISC Position: Quality Improvement Coordinator

University: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Street Medicine experience: Co-founder of Street Medicine Pontiac that is currently being developed at OUWB School of Medicine. 

Contact me for questions/comments/ideas about: Starting a new Street Medicine Program; challenges and successes experienced during program development; research to assess Street Medicine’s impact on communities; student program resources; Street Medicine quality improvement

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Name: Matt Sumethasorn

SMISC Position: Quality Improvement Coordinator

University: Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

Street Medicine experience:
Worked for Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine for 3 years, where I lead the Street Team and coordinated many pop-up clinics. I also founded our Mobile Clinic and Lompoc Clinic there and worked to develop it into a sustainable program. I regularly communicated with agencies such as the Police and Fire Department, Housing Authority, Warming Shelters, AmeriCorps, and others to coordinate the best care for our patients. In collaboration with our local hospital, I worked to identify institutional and perceived barriers that prevent the homeless MediCal enrolled population in Santa Barbara from utilizing care.  I am currently at Keck SoM where I am trying to start a similar street program here.

Contact me for questions/comments/ideas about: Starting or sustaining a Street Medicine/Outreach Program; student program resources; Street Medicine research and quality improvement

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Name: Mackenzie Fountain

SMISC Position: Continuity Coordinator

University: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Street Medicine experience: On the Executive Board for Spartan Street Medicine in its second year as the Logistical Coordinator with a focus on physician recruitment.

Contact me for questions/comments/ideas about: New 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!