December 7: H.O.M.E. for the Holidays Craft Fair, Bake Sale and White Elephant Sale shopping

(Archived after December 7 to an earlier date.) Join us in the John A. Burns School of Medicineʻs Medical Education Building Lobby, Kūlia Grill and patio, to choose among crafts and treats for the holidays. Purchases benefit JABSOM’s Homeless Outreach and Medical Education (H.O.M.E.) Program. H.O.M.E. provides mobile health clinics, staffed by student and faculty MD volunteers, to treat residents of four O’ahu homeless shelters twice a week, and an additional site once a month.

As many as one-third of O’ahu’s homeless are keiki. Help us make their Christmas joyful. H.O.M.E. will sponsor Holiday Carnivals at the shelters in the month of December.

More about the Hawai`i H.O.M.E. Project
Through the Hawai`i H.O.M.E. (Homeless Outreach and Medical Education) Project, The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) provides free health care services to O`ahu’s homeless populations, at shelters in the communities where they live.

H.O.M.E. is administered by the Medical Student Teaching (MST) Division of JABSOM’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

The goal of the H.O.M.E. Project is to improve access to and the quality of healthcare for Hawai`i’s homeless. It also aims to increase student and physician awareness and understanding of the issues that face the homeless.

H.O.M.E. operates three MD student-run free clinics at homeless shelters every week: the Next Step shelter in Kaka`ako, the Pai`olu Kaiaulu shelter in Wai`anae, and the One`lauena shelter in Kalaeloa.

By 2012, patients at homeless shelters on O`ahu had received medical care more than 7,600 times from University of Hawai`i medical student volunteers since the H.O.M.E. Project was launched in August 2005.

Nearly 450 medical students at various stages of their medical education have volunteered to be part of the outreach during H.O.M.E.’s first five years, setting up and staffing the mobile medical clinics to assist homeless patients including underserved and uninsured adults and children.

For more information on the Hawai`i H.O.M.E. Project, please visit the website at H.O.M.E.

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