Hawai`i News Now’s SUNRISE Program invited the medical school’s Hawai`i H.O.M.E. a mobile clinic in for a live, “look-see” on the morning news. CLICK HERE.
The van, used by the HOME (Homeless Outreach and Medical Education) Project, is how our John A. Burns School of Medicine students get to four different low income neighborhoods on O`ahu twice each week, to provide free health care for homeless families who live at state-sponsored shelters. There’s even an exam bed on board the mobile clinic.
HOME’s mission is to improve quality and access to health care for Hawai`i’s homeless, while increasing student and physician awareness and understanding of the homeless and their healthcare needs. The project was founded in August of 2005 by Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health Dr. Jill Omori and our medical students. It currently provides free medical services to homeless individuals at the Next Step shelter in Kaka’ako, the Pai`olu Kaiaulu shelter in Wai`anae, and the Onemalu and Onelauena shelters in Kalaeloa. The HOME project students also use the mobile health van for monthly medical outreach events at the First United Methodist Church in Honolulu and for other unsheltered homeless populations on O`ahu.
The Hawai`i H.O.M.E. Project is a John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) student-run free clinic staffed by volunteers. It’s having a Food and Wine Tasting Fundraiser on September 8.
Get full information on how to attend A Taste of HOME Fundraiser.