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WELCOME NEW TEAM MEMBERS

Please join us in welcoming our new 
Community Health Specialist   Mariel  Mendez , our new   Life Together Fellow/Communications & Outreach Coordinator  Melee Lee , an  HMS Bioethics Capstone Student  Manotri Chaubal , and former Van volunteer turned  Program Coordinator   Lorene Chung  to The Family Van team!   Learn more about our staff  here  on our website.
Melee, Lorene, Mariel, & Manotri
NEW FALL VOLUNTEERS
We're SO excited to welcome our new team of volunteers!  At The Family Van, it is part of our mission to help train the next generation of culturally competent and diverse healthcare professionals. If you're interested in being a part of The Family Van, you can learn more  about volunteering and what types of  things volunteers do  here  and you  can get a head start signing up to volunteer with us for the Spring  here !
25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

We celebrated 25 years of service with our clients, collaborators, and staff with a 'Week of Appreciation' August 14th - 18th.  At each of our weekly stops, we gave out goodie bags, healthy snacks, and water bottles.  Many  thanks to our local Stop & Shop South Bay, Stop & Shop Roxbury, Tropical Foods, America's Food Basket, our community, and staff for helping fill our goodie bags! 

MEDICAL SCHOOL CONNECTIONS
"Zip code is as strongly associated with health as genetic code. Open your eyes wide and learn what your patient's world is about, learn from them how you can best help them help themselves," Dr. Nancy Oriol, HMS Faculty Associate Dean for Community Engagement in Medical Education and Family Van Founder

This year The Family Van was part of orientation for the incoming Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine classes. Students were guided by former executive director Jennifer Bennet to tour local neighborhoods and learn about the  issues the communities face and the organizations working on these issues. 

Read the full article  here .

VAN VISITOR FROM HAITI

Dr. Elie Joseph, a dentist who works with the Saint Apollonia Mobile Dental Clinic in Haiti, spent a week with us as a  current Community Solutions Program Fellow under Dr. Jane Barrow at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. This experience allowed him to  observe the ways that mobile health units in the U.S. work as part of the larger health care system. 
Elie is pictured here in front of HMS with Mariel and Rainelle of The Family Van team
25th ANNIVERSARY COOKBOOK
In celebration of our 25th Anniversary we put together a cookbook to celebrate the diversity of our community of clients, volunteers, and staff.  If you would like to own your own copy we ask that you  send us a donation   of $25 or more. If you already have your copy, please send a photo of a recipe you prepared and we will post it on our facebook page!  You can email it to family_van@hms.harvard.edu

You can also catch us in person at our table at Oktoberfest in Harvard Square on October 8th  or at our table at the Head of the Charles Regatta on October 21st. 

DID YOU KNOW?
Mobile Health Map is one of our important resources that started right here with folks from The Family Van! 

The project started out of the recognition that mobile clinics are an important healthcare resource and the idea to develop a collaborative research network of community-based mobile health clinics. Mobile Health Map offers an interactive map of mobile clinics all around the country; a portal of tools & resources for mobile clinics to get information and show their success; and a network that tracks and shows the impact of mobile health clinics within the larger healthcare system. 
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