Project Prevent brings medical students into The Shelter of Tallahassee, where they provide preventative health screenings and education to the homeless.
Students screen residents of The Shelter for conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cancers, sexually transmitted infections, and infectious diseases like hepatitis and tuberculosis. They then refer the residents to various clinics where they can receive the necessary medical care for free or at low cost.
Students learn a great deal about preventative health care through Project Prevent. They also gain valuable experience working with this unique population, and become more familiar with the medical resources that Tallahassee provides for the uninsured.
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Florida State University College of Medicine Students standing outside of the Tallahassee Homeless Shelter after a Project Prevent visit. From left to right: Zachary Tyler, Richard Jones, Zachary Hale, Project Prevent Project Coordinator Tabitha Schrufer, Project Prevent Project Coordinator Jasmeet Kataria, Mariana Dangiolo M.D., Migrant Health Fair Coordinator Melissa Velarde, Leah Williams, Desiree Pappas and Naomi Salz.
On their visits to the Shelter, students take medical histories paying special
attention to issues faced by members of the homeless population.
Students also get the chance to hone their clinical skills, performing many blood pressures
and any other appropriate exams. Here, a Class of 2011 student listens for a heart murmur.
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