Patient and community education is an important part of the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project. Using methods like Motivational Interviewing and Teach-Back, we work to not only educate, but also empower patients to be agents of change in their own healthcare management and well-being.
While patients are at clinic, there are a number of resources available to them to enhance their understanding and experience. Below are several examples of education and enrichment opportunities available to patients through the Free Clinic:
Feeding San Diego
Our dedicated students and volunteers partnered with Feeding San Diego to provide free, healthy, fresh food items to our patients. Patients receive 2 bags of food including fresh vegetables, fruits and grains each month when they come in for their medical visits.
Medical students have developed a cooking class called "Nutrition Kitchen" in partnership with our Promotoras. The class provides cooking classes and nutrition information using food provided for patients through a partnership with Feeding San Diego.
My Diabetes Tracker
This self-care tracking tool was developed as a Medical Student's Independent Study Project (ISP). My Diabetes Tracker is designed to help both the patient and their doctor keep track of the patient's health measures to help control their diabetes. This tool has two sides: on the front their is space for the doctor to fill-in the patient's pertinent lab values for each visit, such as Hemoglobin A1c, Blood Pressure, date of last Foot Exam, etc.; and on the back their is a section for patient self-monitoring where they are asked questions such as, "Do I take my medications daily?" and "Do I eat a healthy diet?".
Baker Elementary Women's Empowerment Group
This group evolved from a Medical Student's Independent Study Project (ISP). With the guidance and support of our Promotoras and Licensed Social Workers, patients are able to share their worries and fears with a group of peers. Through this group, patients find a space for vulnerability and a place of support. Our Baker Elementary Women's Empowerment Group continues to meet, raise funds for patient needs, and teach us each day with their courage.
Art with Socorro Gonzalez (Promotora)
While patients wait to be seen by a member of the Free Clinic Team, they are invited to participate in art activities with one of our Promotoras, Socorro Gonzalez. These art projects provide patients with an outlet for self-expression and relaxation.
Liver Health Program
The liver health education and disease prevention program began as Medical Student Lara Hall's Independent Study Project (ISP) many years ago. Now, another student's ISP is ensuring that our homeless patients and others in the community are receiving Hepatitis A immunizaion an dlearning preventive practices.
At our Baker Clinic, Socorro Gonzales, one of our Promotoras, used to lead Tai Chi. Learning Taichi had been one of Socorro's dreams, and she was able to train with Robert Nations, LAc, who used to volunteer and teach Tai Chi for the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project. Socorro also completed the TMBB Tai Chi Movement for Better Balance Program.
Comprehensive Wellness Program
This program serves the students, parents, teachers, and physical environment of the Lemon Grove Academy for the Sciences and Humanities. At Lemon Grove Academy, with the help of a dedicated principal, Mr. Rick Oser, excellent teachers and passionate medical and dental students, we teach two elective classes daily, empowering middle-schoolers to be youth health promoters in their school, families and community, and in their own lives.
Middle School Elective - Achieving Wellbeing: Becoming a Youth Health Promoter
A partnership with the Lemon Grove Academy for the Sciences and Humanities, this youth health course is part of a Comprehensive Wellness Program designed to provide students with information about nutrion, exercise, and self-expression, among other topics. Students learn about a problem, who it affects, what you can do, then they do something to address the problem