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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
Milwaukee Empty Bowls on the Road

2021 Milwaukee Empty Bowls On The Road

Milwaukee Empty Bowls is excited to present "MEB on the Road", a mix of pop-up events and DIY options that will help fund meal programs and food pantries in the Milwaukee area.

Since 1999, MEB has hosted annual fundraisers that have given back a total of more than $943,000 to the local community. In the past 22 years, volunteers for the organization have created, donated, and sold more than 30,000 handcrafted bowls, and countless gallons of soup have been donated and served by local restaurants.

To better serve the needs of the community, this year's MEB on the Road will offer a mix of smaller, in-person pop-ups, as well as ways anyone can support at home. More than 1,000 handmade, one-of-a-kind bowls will be available for purchase, allowing participants to enjoy a beautiful piece of art that gives back while also serving as a reminder that someone's bowl is always empty in our community.

Community Partners

Homeless Outreach in Medical Education (HOME) | The seeds of family medicine
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:

  • Caroline Davitt (2022)
  • Esha Afreen (2022)
  • Frankie Carter (2023) – HOME Student President
  • Julie Kijak (2022)
  • Kia Semons-Booker (2022)
  • Maggie MacBeth (2024)
  • Morgan Ashley Craft (2024)
  • Nayanika Kotagiri (2022)
  • Sara Allen (2023) – HAPI Student President
  • Shelby Nelipovich (2022)

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

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.


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
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