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Health Outreach Project Community Projects

 

 
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Whosoever Gospel Mission

Whosoever Gospel Mission

Whosoever Gospel Mission provides shelter, food, clothing, counseling, rehabilitation and other assistance to homeless men in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The clinic meets quarterly.

Project Coordinators

Steering Coordinator: Jacob Kuzy (jtk97@drexel.edu)

Patient Intake and Registration Coordinator: Amanda Benfante (amb879@drexel.edu)

Patient Advocacy Coordinator: Lauren Wells (law362@drexel.edu)

Wellness Seminar Coordinator: Ishani Kapoor (ik379@drexel.edu)

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Nationalities Service Center

Nationalities Service Center

Nationalities Service Center connects recent immigrants and refugees to free or low-cost services to help them acclimate to their new home. Our students run health fairs.

Project Coordinators

Coordinators: Tala Allababidi (ta598@drexel.edu); Sarah Almarzooqi (saa377@drexel.edu); Fahmida Sarmin (fs454@drexel.edu)

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Drexel HOPE

Drexel HOPE

Drexel HOPE provides high-quality, compassionate health services for opioid dependence, HIV and hepatitis C. We offer low-threshold care at reduced or no cost, which makes medical services more accessible to underserved patients. We work to advance health equity and decrease health disparities among Philadelphians.

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Project Coordinators

Lead Co-Coordinators: Molly Ruiz (mcr99@drexel.edu); Yasmine Azzi (ya387@drexel.edu)

Outreach Liason: Leandra Roelker (lfr38@drexel.edu)

Testing & Supplies Coordinator: Megan Krentsa (mak498@drexel.edu)


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Jump Into Reading

Jump Into Reading is a program at Eliza Shirley House where students read with children living at the shelter.

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Jump Into Reading provides Drexel medical students the chance to read to young children once a week throughout the course of the year. The program takes place at the Eliza Shirley House, which is a women's shelter located in Philadelphia. Because these kids are going through a difficult period in their lives, we hope to provide a safe and fun environment for them and hopefully instill in them a lifelong love of reading.

Project Coordinators

Coordinators: Trisha Gupta (tdg45@drexel.edu); Lavanya Logan (ll948@drexel.edu); Kevin Chang (kc3637@drexel.edu)

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Mother and Child

Move It With Mommy and Me

Move It With Mommy and Me hosts sessions that focus on physical activity for mothers and their children.

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Move it with Mommy and Me (MIWMM) is a wonderful educational program for both mothers and their children who reside at Eliza Shirley House.

Every other Wednesday, we provide this fitness and nutrition program for an hour. Once a month, family medicine residents run the program as a requirement for their residency program. During these sessions, we are assistants for encouraging participation and of experience. Our key offerings include:

  • Leading yoga lessons
  • Assisting family medicine residents during their sessions
  • Nutrition games for the children
  • Working with children

Project Coordinators

Coordinators: Tara Tadimalla (tt638@drexel.edu); Romina Garakani (rag338@drexel.edu)

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Naloxone Outreach Project

Naloxone Outreach Project

Naloxone Outreach Project (NOP) involves students going into the Philadelphia community to educate and increase awareness about opioid overdose, and train in naloxone administration.

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Drexel University College of Medicine’s Naloxone Outreach Program empowers community members in low income, at-risk areas in North Philadelphia to save lives by reversing overdoses. Our program goals include reducing the overall number of fatal opioid overdoses, increasing education and confidence in overdose prevention and revival techniques, and increasing access to naloxone.

Project Coordinators

Naloxone Outreach Steering Coordinator: Soham Barne (sb4382@drexel.edu)

Community Outreach Coordinator: Austin Iglesias (shared with Street Med) (ami49@drexel.edu)

Interschool Coordinator: Sravya Ponnapalli (sp3696@drexel.edu)

Data Integration Coordinator: Sujay Rajkumar (sr3537@drexel.edu)

Volunteer Coordinator: Erin Kelly (shared with NOP) (enk32@drexel.edu)


Stress Reduction Meditation

Stress Reduction

Stress Reduction is a program that teaches mindfulness skills to members of the community.

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The Stress Reduction program is held at the DePaul House, which is a transitional home for recently homeless men. Volunteers have informal discussions with the residents and provide techniques for dealing with stress, such as breathing exercises, art, yoga, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation. Our goal is to teach and practice different stress reduction techniques with the residents, so the sessions are very calming and relaxed. Our patient population includes recently homeless men currently living in a transitional home.

Project Coordinators

Stress Reduction Coordinators: Maja Barnouw (meb538@drexel.edu); Jack Grossweiler (jag578@drexel.edu)

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Cigarette

Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation provides individuals with the knowledge, skills and resources to take actionable and measurable steps forward to decrease and quit smoking.

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Our team works to provide individuals with the knowledge, skills and resources to take actionable and measurable steps towards quitting smoking. We work at Whosoever Gospel Mission, which houses men recovering from drug and alcohol abuse as well as The Salvation Army, a nine-month residential rehabilitation center for alcohol and substance abuse.

Project Coordinators

Steering Coordinator: Alex Barna (ajb487@drexel.edu)

Clinic Coordinators: James Cross (jdc384@drexel.edu); Shane Tripp (set88@drexel.edu)

Advocacy Coordinator: Pelagia Candelas (pgc34@drexel.edu)

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Street Medicine

Street Medicine

Street Medicine is a project that serves the Kensington community by providing individuals with essential supplies, OTC medicine, wound cleaning services and more.

Project Coordinators

Project Leader: Ritu Vyas (rv445@drexel.edu)

Supplies Managers: Christopher Yam (cwy25@drexel.edu); Sabrina Johnson (smj352@drexel.edu)

Clinical Resources Coordinator: Austin Iglesias (shared with NOP) (ami49@drexel.edu)

Volunteer and Student Education Coordinators: Erin Kelly (shared with NOP) (enk32@drexel.edu); Tara Ostad (tao45@drexel.edu)


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