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Homeless Outreach in Medical Education (HOME)

Homeless Outreach in Medical Education (HOME)

A series of service-learning modules are developed based on community needs assessments. Medical students at the Medical College of Wisconsin teach modules at The Guest House, Milwaukee Women’s Center, and Walker’s Point Youth Shelter with aims of improving access, education, and quality of health care while advocating for the social and medical needs of Milwaukee’s homeless population.
Homeless Outreach in Medical Education (HOME)

Grow Great Futures for Everyone

The HOME Project is a welcoming, diverse, inclusive, accepting, safe space for everyone. Together we strive towards health equity and positive health outcomes for the homeless community of Milwaukee through:

  • Education of both the homeless community and ourselves as doctors
  • Advocacy for the social and medical needs of the homeless community
  • Access to and quality of health care for the homeless community
  • Being kind, reliable, and responsive to the needs of our community

Health Advocacy in Pregnancy Infancy (HAPI) Program

Objective
Our objective is to implement a beneficial service-learning program consisting of educational modules on perinatal health and a student partnership program evaluated by participant debriefing surveys, mother retention, and health of infants.

Background
In 2017, Milwaukee’s Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) was 12.6/1000 live births, compared to the national average IMR of 5.8/1000 live births.

  • The leading cause of Milwaukee’s infant deaths was prematurity.
  • Homelessness during pregnancy is correlated with a higher risk of premature births resulting in poorer birth outcomes.
  • A previous needs assessment identified opportunities for intervention within education and advocacy, which guided the development of the HAPI Program.

Pregnancy health topics
breastfeeding, contraception, infant care and safety, healthy eating for mom and baby, mental health

Partnership program
In our program, expecting moms are partnered with a medical student throughout their pregnancy and up to one year postpartum to serve as a resource for the mom and monitor the health of mom and baby. Incentives are given at time of sign up, 1 month postpartum, and 1 year postpartum.

Health Advocacy in Pregnancy & Infance

Current HAPI students leaders
Frankie Carter (2023) - HOME Student President
Sara Allen (2023) - HAPI Student President
Bethany Korom (2024)
Amy Lee (2024)
Rachel Greenburg (2024)
Kymarie Kuster (2024)
Morgan Johnson (2024)
Abby Wannow (2024)

Community Partners

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Milwaukee Women's Center

Women's Health Modules

Student leaders: Eileen Peterson (2023) and Lauren Tostrud (2023)

Modules Include COVID myth busters, menopause myth busters, cervical cancer and Pap smears, safe sex, and women’s health jeopardy.

Health Advocacy in Pregnancy and Infancy (HAPI)

Current HAPI students leaders:

  • Frankie Carter (2023) - HOME Student President
  • Sara Allen (2023) - HAPI Student President
  • Bethany Korom (2024)
  • Amy Lee (2024)
  • Rachel Greenburg (2024)
  • Kymarie Kuster (2024)
  • Morgan Johnson (2024)
  • Abby Wannow (2024)

Pregnancy health: topics are breastfeeding, contraception, infant care and safety, healthy eating for mom and baby, mental health, and smoking cessation.

Partnership program: Expecting moms are partnered with a medical student throughout their pregnancy and up to one year postpartum to serve as a resource for the mom and monitor the health of mom and baby. Incentives are given at time of sign up, 1 month postpartum, and 1 year postpartum.

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Guest House of Milwaukee

Student leaders: Benjamin Wrucke (2023)

Modules include smoking cessation.

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Walker's Point Youth and Family Center

Student leaders:

  • Jessica Smoko (2022)
  • Jared Dobbs (2022)
  • Shelby Nelipovich (2022)
  • Sara Allen (2023)
  • Frankie Carter (2023)

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Homeless Outreach in Medical Education (HOME) Activities & Events

Activities & Events

Eyeglass Recycling: We received hundreds of eyeglasses donations and determined their strength using a lensometer. We performed eye exams at the shelters and provided residents with the best match of strength and style for free! We have provided over 200 free glasses to date.

Stand Down: Free health care screenings for veterans.

Empty Bowls: Potters create bowls and donate them to the event; proceeds benefit food pantries and meal programs in Milwaukee area.

Undy 500: Various organizations created teams and turned it into a friendly competition. Last held virtually via Amazon wish list; community donated over 3800 items to the women’s shelter.

Awards

2011: T. Michael Bolger Standing Ovation Award. Selected by student nomination and presented by the Student Assembly in recognition of excellence in service to the Medical College of Wisconsin Students.

2011: Educational Project of the Year Award. Selected by peer nomination and presented by the Department of Family & Community Medicine in recognition as a distinguished faculty leader of the Homeless Outreach in Medical Education (HOME) Project.

2012: Scholarly Pathways Outstanding Advisor Award. Selected by students in recognition of excellence and commitment to medical student advising in the Pathways Program.

2014: Learning Resources Fund Innovation Education Project Award for the project entitled “HOME” (Homeless Outreach in Medical Education). Selected by the CEC Executive Committee in recognition of work that particularly improves the education of our students.

2016: Community of Innovators Award. Selected by MCW for a service-learning project that will create supportive environments and communities for homeless pregnant women.

Contact Us

HOME & HAPI Program
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Sabina Diehr, MD
Professor and Director, HOME & HAPI
Department of Family & Community Medicine
sdiehr@mcw.edu
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