Student-Run Clinics: Diamonds in the Rough
here are five student-run clinics who are members of NCAFCC.
Campbell University Community Care Clinic, DEAC: Delivering Equal Access to Care,
Greenville Community Shelter Clinic,
Pitt County Care Clinic, and Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC).
Personally, I find their
and passion energizing. Whenever representatives from the clinics attend one of our meetings, they never hesitate to speak up and contribute to the meeting. They bring unique perspectives since leadership changes yearly which means new leaders bring new ideas and talents. This month, I want to highlight the Campbell University Community Clinic and an initiative they have started at their clinic. Each year, student leaders attend the Society of
Student-Run Free Clinics Conference; and often do presentations to highlight their work. This year has been no exception with two clinic leaders showcasing a new clinic initiative. They sent me an article that summarizes their presentation.
“The Campbell University Community Care Clinic Health
By James Muller CUSOM OMS-III
James Muller OMS-III and Kailey Remien OMS-III represented the Campbell University Community Care Clinic (CUCCC) at the Society of Student-Run Free Clinics Conference 2019 in Kansas City, KS. This conference brings together health professional students from across the country who help operate their student-run free clinics to share ideas on how to better the care for our patients.
We presented a project entitled “Campbell University Community Care Clinic Health and Wellness Initiative.” I was the 2017 Co-Director for the CUCCC and Kailey was the 2017 Fundraising and Marketing Chair for the CUCCC. The Health and Wellness Initiative (H&W) started in 2017. Two students, the H&W Initiative Director and the Community Outreach Director, who are passionate about preventative medicine and see the need for proper nutrition, smoking, and exercise counseling in a primary care setting, were chosen to help start this program. With the initiation of this program, every patient at the CUCCC will receive approximately 20-30 minutes of health and wellness counseling every time they come to the clinic.
The H&W Initiative is comprised of four main areas of interest: nutrition, smoking cessation, exercise, and special projects. For nutrition, the program focuses on all aspects of a patient’s diet but chose sugar-sweetened beverages, fast food consumption, and portion size as the three main areas of interest. The smoking cessation program assists patients in quitting smoking by pairing them with an advocate medical student from Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
The H&W Initiative had a very successful first year of operation and hopes to provide better preventative medicine measures to patients for many years to come. Students at the conference were very impressed by the way Campbell prepares the medical students to look at all aspects of a patient’s health. This includes addressing lifestyle habits and incorporating preventative medicine and nutrition counseling whenever possible. This project has taught us the incredible need for great lifestyle education in the primary care setting. We need to provide good nutrition, exercise, and smoking cessation counseling every time a patient comes into the clinic. It is also important to allow medical students to start practicing preventative medicine in the setting of a student-run free clinic to allow us to perfect our counseling skills. We were honored to bring our project to the incredible health professional students who continue to provide free health care every day for so many deserving patients.
Pictures...and Videos...Still Needed
Last month, I mentioned that if you have pictures to share or a video on your website, we love to see them. We are looking for clinic pictures to use in publications and our website. Please share any high quality pictures you have so we can showcase our clinics. Also, if you have a video for your clinic please
a link to it. The Free Clinics sent me a link to their video and you can
view it here