The medical student health care providers of the H.O.M.E. (Homeless Outreach and Medical Education) Project make a merry night of it at a homeless shelter in Wai’anae on the Saturday before Halloween in October 2014. The medical students, from the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), disguised as Leggos and other fun characters, created a Halloween Carnival at the site, complete with carnival games (ring toss), make-up painting of faces, music and lots of treats. HOME is a way the future physicians learn the importance of community service and providing care for a diverse population, all while having fun and providing free health care services to those in need. Another carnival is planned this week, along with the annual MD Student Halloween Costume Contest at noon at the Medical Education Building of the JABSOM Campus in Kaka`ako on October 31.
Mahalo to those who volunteered their time, or donated treats or cash to support the carnivals! Still want to help? Monetary donations are also welcome, please make checks out to “UH Foundation” and send to: 651 Ilalo St, MEB-OME, Honolulu, HI 96816 ATTN: Jill Omori. Or call the HAWAI’I H.O.M.E. PROJECT at (808) 223-8859 or email: email@example.com
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MORE ABOUT THE H.O.M.E. Project
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.