Sponsored by University Health Partners of Hawaii (UHP) & John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM)
Many homeless are in need of medical care in our island community, so 13 years ago John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) created the HOME project. Doctors and medical students travel across Oahu to places like Kaka`ako and Waianae providing medical services to Hawaii’s growing homeless population. Family medicine specialist with UHP and director of the Office of Medical Education at JABSOM, Dr. Jill Omori, took HI Now host Jobeth Devera on one of those visits with medical student and HOME project volunteer Christian Ogasawara.
About Hawaii HOME Project
The HOME project began in August of 2005 when the John A. Burns School of Medicine moved to the Kaka’ako campus. The school saw so many homeless who were in need of medical attention and decided, as an organization, to do something about it. H.O.M.E. stands for Homeless Outreach and Medical Education and it truly is that, a nonprofit organization that aids the homeless with their medical needs while providing JABSOM medical students an opportunity to serve and learn in unique environments with patients that they might never otherwise encounter.
The team provides care for acute and chronic medical problems, preventative care, health education, dental and vision screening, minor procedures, resource management, labs and vaccines, and medications for the uninsured – all for FREE. The program is run in nine clinic sites across Oahu and with a mobile van. It helps us to improve health care access and quality for the homeless while increasing student and physician awareness and understanding of this group’s healthcare needs, which is the mission of HOME.
To date, the project has had over 10,500 patient visits and has serviced over 5,200 individuals. The van carries students and supplies out to the clinic. Most of the patients are seen outside so the mobile unit carries tables and chairs to set up. There is also an area in the back of the vehicle to do more private exams. There is also a bathroom for patients to supply urine tests in privacy. Doctors are able to do basic lab work within the van and can write prescriptions and print them out.