U District Street Medicine Needs Help

From Krystal Koop:

University District Street Medicine needs YOUR help!
 
With the support of UW students, clinicians, faculty and community, University District Street Medicine has been conducting street and community based outreach to homeless residents of the University District since 2014, helping individuals with immediate first aid and with navigating healthcare resources. A snapshot of our work in the last year:
 
 ·       270 individual patient encounters
·       109 unique referrals to services, including dental, medical and housing needs
·       54 basic wellness checks (blood pressure readings, glucose readings)
·       Over 1,000 outreach supplies distributed
 
This project meets a crucial need in the University District and provides a unique learning experience for UW Health Sciences students:
 
·       “We save lives with University District Street Medicine” –Tess DePalma, UW Rehabilitation Medicine student
·       “I have been an officer in the University District for seventeen years and we have always needed a program like this”-Brian Thomas, Seattle Police         Department
·       “Thank goodness there are projects like this”-John Fox, Seattle Displacement Coalition
·       “A student run clinic would be a natural way to collaborate with other disciplines and enrich our learning while providing a service to the community” –         Julia Light, UW School of Nursing & University District Street Medicine alumni
 
With your support, University District Street Medicine will be able to continue and expand its current street and community-based outreach to include Pro Bono Physical Therapy services and ultimately, a full diagnose and treat clinic.
 
With help from you, we can continue to thoughtfully and strategically expand our services to meet the needs of the University District’s homeless population while providing unique and crucial learning experiences for UW Health Sciences students.
 
 
As you’ll quickly see, the CROSSCUT article highlights not only UDSM’s good work, but also the risk that without some immediate financial support, it might end in January of 2017.
This wonderful project should NOT be allowed to fail.  If you agree, you can help.  Here are two ways. 
(1)  You could send a quick email of support to anyone at the UW that you know (Deans, Associate Deans, President Cauce, health sciences faculty).  Ask them to speak up in support of UDSM. 
(2)  Make a financial contribution of any size for the U District Street Medicine project, via the Combined Fund Drive or directly to our Service Learning budget. 
 
Please consider making a tax deductible donation by following the  steps below:
 
 
2. In the “Your Information” Section, type “University District Street Medicine” into the comment’s box to ensure that your donation is received.  
 
Or if you are a UW employee, state employee or retiree, consider donating to the UW Combined Fund Drive. This fund can accept one-time donations, annual donations, payroll deductions, etc.
 
1   Participate in the UW Combined Fund Drive @ www.uw.edu/uwcfd 
2   University District Street Medicine (Charity Code 1482148) In the “Your Information” Section, type “University District Street Medicine” into the comment’s box to ensure that your donation is received.

Newsletter from U District Street Medicine

U District Street Medicine (UDSM) released their Newsletter.

UDSM is a student-run program at the University of Washington. It’s an  experiential learning project that includes students from Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Pharmacy, Rehab Medicine, Dentistry & Public Health.

They conduct street and community-based outreach & provide basic first aid and resource navigation to homeless individuals in Seattle’s University District.

Thanks to UDSM for all your compassionate work in our community!

Download UDSM Newsletter [pdf]

Facebook Pages to Like

If you are a Facebook user, consider “Liking” the pages below. They are groups that operate in the U Distract to build community and alleviate homelessness.

These pages are a treasure trove of photos, news, local faces, and events.

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Facebook – Elizabeth Gregory Home

Elizabeth Gregory Home
https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethGregoryHome/

Jubilee Women’s Center
https://www.facebook.com/JWCenter

Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
https://www.facebook.com/LowIncomeHousingInstitute/

Neighborcare Health
https://www.facebook.com/Neighborcare/

Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project
https://www.facebook.com/realchangenews/

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Facebook – ROOTS

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
https://www.facebook.com/ROOTS.Shelter/

 

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
https://www.facebook.com/SeattleNeighborhoods/

Seattle Public Library
https://www.facebook.com/SeattlePublicLibrary/

SHARE Seattle Housing and Resource Effort
https://www.facebook.com/shareshelters/

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
https://www.facebook.com/SVDPSeattle/

Teen Feed
https://www.facebook.com/TeenFeed/

The People’s Harm Reduction Alliance (Needle Exchange)
https://www.facebook.com/The-Peoples-Harm-Reduction-Alliance-424374397617071/

The U District Partnership (UDP)
https://www.facebook.com/UDistrictUnique/

University Christian Church Seattle (UCC)
https://www.facebook.com/UniversityChristianChurchSeattle/

University Congregational United Church of Christ (UCUCC)
https://www.facebook.com/University-Congregational-UCC-13626446124/

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Facebook – U District Food Bank

University District Food Bank
https://www.facebook.com/UDistrictFoodBank/

Tent City Collective (at UW)
https://www.facebook.com/tentcitycollective/

University District Street Medicine (UW outreach program)
https://www.facebook.com/UDstreetmed/

University Heights Center
https://www.facebook.com/universityheights.center/

University Lutheran Church
https://www.facebook.com/ulcseattle/

This list is incomplete. If I’ve missed your organization, please reply and send me your Facebook link.

 

Resource Lists – for the Holidays

Seattle Holiday resource list [pdf] – Seattle organizations holiday meals and food baskets.
King County Holiday resource list [pdf] – King County organizations providing holiday meals and food baskets.
Thanks to Josh at 45th Street Homeless Youth Clinic for sending us these lists.

Lake City winter shelter info [pdf].

Update from Interfaith Taskforce on Homelessness -12/18/15 [pdf].
This weekly email from Bill Kirlin-Hackett has current list of shelter, safe parking, other services, event calendar, and news links. Concise and timely.
To subscribe, send email to itfh at comcast dot net

Food, Shelter, and Services in the U District [pdf].
Not just for the holidays — it’s year round. Our UDCH group compiled this list over a year ago. Please take a look. If you know anything that should be changed or added, please leave a comment.

 

U-Loo Project Needs Volunteers!

U-Loo is a Project for Public Restrooms in Seattle’s University District.

The U District has an urgent need for one or more public restrooms available 24/7. The U District Partnership (UDP) in collaboration with the U-District Conversation on Homelessness (UDCH) received funding from the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods for a feasibility study to install at least one restroom in the U-District. We know that it’s critical for any new public restroom to be clean, safe, and accessible to everybody. It will be used by visitors to the Farmers Market, students, staff and faculty coming and going to the UW campus, shoppers, transit bus drivers, homeless residents, families with children and many others passing through the neighborhood.
This is a challenging project, and it must be done right in order to become an asset to the U District community. Location(s), initial funding and long-term maintenance must be clearly identified before we can move forward.

Volunteers are needed to staff the tables at U-Loo outreach events. The purpose is to educate and get public input.

List of Outreach Events:
Saturday, November 14, 9-1pm at TBD
Wednesday, November 18, 2-6pm at TBD
Saturday, November 21, 9-2pm at U-District Farmer’s Market
Tuesday, November 24, 2-6pm at TBD

Please consider volunteering at a U-Loo Outreach Event.  You get to wear a cool black apron and help educate the public about our need and options for public toilets in the U District. Contact volunteer coordinator Evelyn Jensen:  ejensenchaco at gmail dot com

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U-Loo volunteers Arielle and Jack talk about public toilets at the U District Farmers Market outreach event.

Handouts – Voter Rights for People who are homeless or have felony record

Spread the word…  You don’t need a house to vote…  People with felony record can regain voting rights in WA.

Here are some HANDOUTS:

  1. Half Sheet printout from Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. Download PDF. This compact sheet lists important dates, registration and eligibility details (including people currently without residence and people with felony record).Best way to print:  double-sided & flip on long edge.  The side titled “Basics About Voting” has a smaller area between the top and bottom sheet, so when cutting, keep that side up and cut mid-way across the sheet.
    Thanks to Hillary Coleman and Rebecca Roy at SKCCH.
  2. FAQs on Voting Rights Restoration in WA (from ACLU). Download PDF.
    Thanks to Krystal Koop at UDSM.

Also…. see List of Candidate Forums and Debates

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