Community Outreach

UB HEALS

UB HEALS team member

A UB HEALS team member checks on the welfare of a homeless man in downtown Buffalo.

This nonprofit, student-run program is a street medicine outreach initiative whose mission is to increase access to health care among the homeless population of Buffalo, New York.

UB HEALS (Homeless health, Education, Awareness and Leadership in Street medicine) seeks to address the unique medical and psychosocial needs of the homeless population while providing a valuable educational experience for medical students.

Two nights a week, medical students and faculty, in partnership with social workers and registered nurses from the Matt Urban Hope Center, travel on foot or by van to participate in direct street outreach to the homeless population.

The teams are equipped with backpacks of basic medical gear, snacks, blankets and other necessities. When interacting with individuals, teams encourage them to take advantage of available medical services and social services, with the goal of helping them get off the street.

More About UB HEALS

1/11/17

Anthony* spoke openly with the group of strangers who showed up to talk to him one September night in downtown Buffalo. Sitting on a bench in Lafayette Square, in the shadow of a brightly lit City Hall, the homeless man cheerfully recounted his life story to the UB HEALS street medicine team, composed of a doctor, two social workers and several medical students.

UB HEALS in the Media

9/25/18
UB HEALS (Homeless health, Education, Awareness and Leadership in Street medicine), a community outreach program organized by medical students and physicians from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is in the middle of a 60-day online crowdfunding campaign. “This is an extremely humbling experience. So, it brought medicine back to the human aspect of it. And, for those going into medicine, just keep in mind that even though you need to build your resume and you need to build different types of experiences, having an experience that makes you have a human-to-human connection is extremely valuable,” said Lisa Samuels, a second-year medical student who handles fundraising for the organization. 
6/15/18
An article on AMA Wire, a publication of the American Medical Association, interviews Moudi Hubeishy, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Class of 2019. Hubeishy is founder and program director for UB HEALS (Homeless health, Education, Awareness and Leadership in Street medicine), a community outreach program being conducted by UB medical students and physicians from the Jacobs School. “The program has won numerous awards and grants, and — more importantly — has reconnected many homeless individuals with the medical and social care they have been looking for, while exposing and educating medical trainees and professionals about the challenges faced by their patients with low socioeconomic status,” he said.
8/22/17
An article on AAMC News, a publication of the Association of American Medical Colleges, reports on UB HEALS (Homeless health, Education, Awareness and Leadership in Street medicine), a community outreach program being conducted by UB medical students and physicians from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The article interviews David A. Milling, MD, senior associate dean for student and academic affairs, and faculty advisor to the program. The effort gives students “an opportunity to realize that very close to the urban areas they’re used to is a whole different life,” he said.
6/7/17
UB Heals, which is dedicated to reconnecting the homeless population with the health-care system, has earned a pair of grants for its efforts. The program won $5,000 in the region’s second Pitch 10 Competition, where nonprofit organizations had a chance to pitch their project or idea. Last month the program won a $9,000 grant from the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Both grants will go toward purchase of a van to provide a private space for clinical consultations and to store medical equipment.
1/25/17
WIVB highlighted UB Heals, a street medicine outreach initiative of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The program, founded by third-year medical student Moudi Hubeishy, provides impromptu checkups to people who may not get into clinics very often.

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How to Volunteer

First- and second-year medical students are encouraged to volunteer.

Email ubheals@gmail.com for more information.