Sojourner Health Clinic is a safety-net clinic developed and managed primarily by UMKC medical students to provide outpatient care to the homeless and underprivileged population in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
On Sunday afternoons, UMKC students, with faculty supervision, provide acute and chronic medical care to an under-served population partaking in a free hot lunch at the clinic’s partner Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church. The Sojourner Health Clinic provides its patients with health education, disease management, diagnosis, immunizations, screenings, and medications free of charge.
The clinic has been serving an ever-growing, under-insured patient population since 2004. Sojourner Health Clinic operates through a collaborative effort among multidisciplinary fields within the University of Missouri – Kansas City as a service learning project where hundreds of students each year can learn about working with vulnerable populations outside of the hospital setting while creating and sustaining a free health clinic that provides a needed service to the Kansas City community. Sojourner Health Clinic is recognized as a free health clinic and a student organization at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. In 2013 alone, Sojourner Health Clinic treated 300 patients in over 700 individual patient visits, accomplished through over 1,400 student volunteer hours.
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