In our sixth year of operation, Marshall Medical Outreach (“MMO”) is a medical student-led free mobile health clinic that takes place one Saturday per month at 9 AM in the Parking lot of Trinity Episcopal Church, 520 11th Street, Huntington, WV. The purpose of MMO is to provide medical care for the homeless and at risk for homelessness in our city. Through partnerships with the Center for Rural Health, Marshall University School of Pharmacy, Cabell-Huntington Coalition for the Homeless/Harmony House, the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, Ebenezer Medical Outreach, and the Bright Clinic, we have treated nearly 1,900 patients to date.
Under the supervision of Family Medicine Physician, Dr. Charles Clements, the MMO goal is to establish primary care as well as take care of other minor medical problems for the patients that present each month. Throughout the past six years, we’ve expanded services to meet the needs of those we serve. In addition to over-the-counter medications, prescriptions are filled under the supervision of Pharmacist, Dr. Robert Stanton, and patients receive these free of charge. An eye screening station was added under the supervision of Ophthalmologist, Dr. Russell Fry, and is now supervised by Dr. Mark Hatfield. Students in the ophthalmology interest group run the screening station. Patients are screened for eye changes caused by diabetes and hypertension, minor eye problems are treated, and patients are examined and provided free reading glasses or prescription glasses to meet their needs. We have also added Dermatology services (including biopsies) under the supervision of Dr. Charles Yarbrough.
Beyond providing a necessary service, MMO is a chance for students to develop leadership skills that they can take with them into their careers as physicians. Medical students, pharmacy students, residents, and attending physicians provide clinical services while long-term volunteers register the patients and provide needed items like coats, blankets, snacks, water, and hygiene items. Building rapport and meeting their immediate needs is important in gaining the trust of this population. Many of the items donated for MMO to distribute are collected through Facebook and email requests by local donors. Our medical van driver, Ron Hackworth, is instrumental in seeing that setup and equipment run smoothly. His efforts are invaluable to our successful and continued operation.
Our Mission: Continuity of Care to Those in Need
Despite programs set forth to address the needs of groups such as the homeless and unemployed, many still suffer from chronic and debilitating illnesses that go untreated. Our mission at MMO is to extend our clinical resources as medical students and physicians and provide comprehensive care to these people.
Upcoming Dates (2017):