The Hawai`i H.O.M.E. Project is sending out a big “thank you” to all the wonderful volunteers and students that helped make the 5th Annual Food and Wine Tasting Fundraiser a success!
The silent auction and dinner on the Kaka`ako lawn were a huge success, visible by the smiles and laughter you can see on the faces of those who attended the fundraiser. Those sharp-looking servers in white coats are medical students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) who volunteer to provide medical attention for Hawai`i’s most needy citizens.
The generous donations of auction items and the purchase of tables help to fund H.O.M.E., the Homeless Outreach and Medical Education Program, which provides free weekly student-run health clinics at homeless shelters on O`ahu, as well as homeless who spend all their time on the streets of Honolulu.
Click here to see photos from the event. The wine tasting was led by Nathan Iha of Fujioka’s Wine Times. The duo Kuo Road provided mellow music, and the food was served up by Tanioka’s Seafood and Catering, Little Soul Cafe and the Kapio`lani Community College Culinary Institute.
Tours of the mobile medical van our students use to deliver quality care around the island were also available, giving supporters a chance to see, up-close, the care JABSOM medical students provide. H.O.M.E. is grateful to the Wal-Mart Foundation, Pasha Hawai`i shipping and the Sunset Rotary Club of Honolulu for helping to support our clinic on wheels!
More about H.O.M.E.
Medical services include care for acute and chronic health problems, preventive services, health counseling, vaccines, and free medications for those without insurance. In addition to the clinics, the H.O.M.E. Project also sponsors Keiki Halloween carnivals, Keiki Christmas parties, Mother’s Day gifts, a teen mentoring program, and an annual school supply drive in support of the health and well-being of this growing community.
All medical students in their first year at JABSOM must participate in a yearlong community health setting, and H.O.M.E. is one of 10 options available to them.
Second-year medical students have the opportunity to work as managers of the H.O.M.E. Project or its spin-off program formed in 2011, the Hawai`i Youth Program for Excellence (H.Y.P.E.). H.Y.P.E. is aimed at helping teenage homeless get physical exercise and feel better about themselves.
Third-year medical students at JABSOM perform a Family Medicine and Community Health Clerkship with the homeless outreach project, where–for every week for nearly two months (seven weeks)–they must work at two to three clinics. For 10 fourth-year medical students, an elective also is available which requires them to provide health care at no fewer than 25 clinics in their final year of medical school. Every year since its inception, the fourth-year elective has been filled to capacity; a sign of how successful the medical school’s curriculum promoting care for the under-served has been.
Dr. Jill Omori started H.O.M.E. after homelessness began to spread dramatically throughout O`ahu, a problem noticeable in the Kaka`ako neighborhood where the medical school opened a new campus in 2005. That year, Dr. Omori surveyed students and faculty at JABSOM and learned that 94% of students and 88% of faculty members felt homelessness and treating the under-served was a problem that needed addressing even more in the medical school’s curriculum.