UB HEALS (Homeless health, Education, Awareness, and Leadership in Street Medicine) is a student run street medicine outreach initiative of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Our medical street outreach team aims to engage with individuals experiencing homelessness in Buffalo and reconnecting them to the health care system and improving their health outcomes.
ABOUT UB HEALS:
We are out in the community every Tuesday and Thursday. Our team travels to the bus station, various shelters, and/or walks the streets with healthcare and outreach professionals equipped with supplies, basic medications, clothing and other necessities for living. We strive to care for acute needs, connect patients with long-term care, and build trusting relationships with a historically underserved population.
To increase access to health care among the homeless population of Buffalo, NY by directly improving their overall health and influencing medical education. As a student-run project, we seek to address the unique medical and psychosocial needs of the homeless population while providing a valuable educational experience for medical students.
WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO:
A major challenge that our organization faced in the last year was finding a way to deliver care and support to those in our community in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In previous years, our 60 Days to HEAL crowdfunding campaign raised an astounding $19,201 thanks to the support of the Buffalo community. While we were unable to provide medical care during the pandemic, we used the donations from our supporters to provide basic hygiene kits to those who needed them. Since we have been back on rounds providing street medicine, we have continued to incorporate these kits in our general practice. UB HEALS has also been able to offer special initiatives, including:
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:
In an effort to maintain our current efforts and continue expanding our impact in the city of Buffalo, we are looking to the City of Good Neighbors to help us support our homeless neighbors. Our primary goal is to ensure that UB HEALS has a sustained presence for many years to come. We need your help to fund our upcoming initiatives that will improve the well-being of our patients. Flu vaccine clinics are important in preventing serious illness this winter, and for just $38, you can help us keep someone safe. Our medical supplies and pharmacy are our major recurring cost, so your donation could be used to care for a wound or refill an important medication. Looking forward, we are working on helping our neighbors with transportation to ensure their medical needs are met. We appreciate any contribution to help us reach these goals!
SINCE OUR INCEPTION IN SPRING 2016:
UB HEALS has conducted approximately 550 rounds and more than 3000 patient encounters. These encounters include services such as:
To learn more visit, our website at https://www.ubheals.org/
UB HEALS IN THE NEWS
Spectrum News: UB Holds Foot Clinic for Homeless on Buffalo's West Side
UB Seen: UB HEALS Clinic UB holds foot clinic for homeless on Buffalo's west side
American Medical Association: Moving Medicine: Making house calls to those without homes
SUNY Big Ideas: Students Help The Homeless Stay Healthy On The Streets of Buffalo
Buffalo's 2019 30 Under 30: UB HEALS founder, Moudi Hubeishy, is a winner of 30 Under 30
UB News: UB HEALS wins one grant, seeks another
WKBW: University at Buffalo students help the homeless
The Buffalo News: UB med students make their rounds on Buffalo streets, shelters
WGRZ: UB HEALS helps Buffalo's homeless population
WNY Papers: Next Generation United picks UB HEALS as top winner in Pitch 10 Competition
WIVB: UB Medical students take different approach to patient care
Spectrum: UB Med students Take Health Care to the Streets
American Medical Association: Members Move Medicine: Helping patients wherever they are
HOMELESSNESS IN ERIE COUNTY
REASONS FOR HOMELESSNESS
Provide 1 "prescription for warmth" pack helping to keep individuals safe from hypothermia and frostbite.
Provide our patients with gloves to keep them warm through the winter.
Dr. Jim Withers founded the practice of street medicine in Pittsburgh, PA 29 years ago in 1992. He has started a world wide movement that UB HEALS is honored to be a part of.
At 32 degrees F "Code Blue" goes into effect, helping people get off the streets into warm shelters.
The city of Buffalo is 52.5 square miles that UB HEALS travels providing medical services at no cost.
Over 85 cities across 15 countries and 5 continents are currently doing street medicine outreach. UB HEALS is putting Buffalo on the map!
UB HEALS conducts 104 "street rounds" each year. Twice a week, our team takes to the streets to meet patients where they are at, and help address their medical, emotional and psychosocial needs.
The zip code of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where future physicians get more than just the classroom experience.
All money donated helps the lives of our neighbors in the 716 area code.
Since we started our work, UB HEALS has conducted over 3,500 patient encounters - working hard to improve the health and well being of homeless individuals and families.