We are an undergraduate student group from Washington University in St. Louis that aims to improve the health of the St. Louis homeless community through medical education and connection to primary care.
There is a need.
According to the St. Louis City and County, it is estimated that there are over 6,000 homeless individuals in the Greater St. Louis Area, with about 1,700 of these individuals being chronically homeless.
Factors such as inconsistent and/or inadequate income, an unhealthy lifestyle, and high levels of stress lead to high rates of chronic illness relative to the general population, especially heart disease.
Our goals are three-fold:
to give homeless individuals a better understanding of their current health
to show them that they have the power to improve their health through achievable lifestyle changes
to inform them of primary care providers within their geographic and economic reach
Every health fair starts with a few screening tests that give you a basic picture of your health. We screen BMI, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels.
Medical Literacy and Education
The language of medicine can seem complicated and confusing. Our volunteer staff are ready to help translate screening results and medical terms into plain English.
Connection to Primary Care
Come learn about low-cost primary care, where you can get checkups, prescriptions, and official medical advice from a doctor, with or without health insurance.