Medical students recognized by American Medical Association for COVID-19 assistance to region’s homeless

December 14, 2020  //  FOUND IN: News

U-M medical students have been recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) for their efforts to support the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What began as a short-term project to collect and distribute hand sanitizer to the homeless quickly expanded to incorporate broader aspects of COVID-19 response, from personal protection equipment drives for area shelters to covering staffing gaps at the shelters themselves.

The approach garnered Wolverine Street Medicine a top spot in the AMA’s annual Students and Residents Impact Challenge competition. The program will be highlighted alongside all of this year’s awardees in a forthcoming AMA publication and student Wolverine Street Medicine leaders may have an opportunity to present at a conference next year.

“This initiative was entirely student driven. They did not wait for direction, but took it upon themselves to engage the community. This in turn pushed us as faculty administrators to think about new ways for students to engage in community support safely and in keeping with school guidelines,” said Brent C. Williams, M.D., M.P.H., medical school faculty advisor to Wolverine Street Medicine. “It’s precisely the kind of community-oriented approach to health and health care that we strive to instill in our learners, and I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts or this well-deserved recognition for Wolverine Street Medicine.”

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