Bringing healthcare to the homeless
Students serve through HOMES Clinic, Healthcare for the Homeless Houston services
It starts with breakfast, a get-to-know you session before the health care providers meet with their patients in clinic exam rooms. The health care providers are students from Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston and the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. The patients are members of Houston‘s homeless community.
The breakfast and clinic visits take place on Sundays at the Healthcare for the Homeless Houston clinic. On that day of the week, when the clinic wasn’t being used by HHH, the students pushed for a clinic they could manage. It is a student-run clinic with care overseen by attending physicians.
The care is provided in an atmosphere of caring and respect. Many of the students who will work that Sunday go out into the streets on Thursday afternoons spreading the message of free health care available that Sunday. In the clinic, they do routine medical care under the supervision of their physician mentors.
The program, overseen by HHH founder Dr. David Buck on the Baylor College of Medicine faculty, provides a valuable service to those who may not realize there is access to healthcare services for them. But it is also a valuable learning experience for the students. For many, it makes an impact that carries through their lives as they choose a career path.
Since coming to Houston in 1943, Baylor College of Medicine has been an integral part of Houston’s transition into one of the nation’s greatest cities. We are proud to be part of what makes Houston great.
- Paul Klotman, M.D., President, CEO and Executive Dean, Baylor College of Medicine