Blog RSS https://www.vumc.org/socks/ en HEALING HANDS: SOCKs Trainees Providing Free Health Screenings to Nashville's Homeless Population https://www.vumc.org/socks/socks-gives-back/healing-hands-socks-trainees-providing-free-health-screenings-nashvilles-homeless <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">HEALING HANDS: SOCKs Trainees Providing Free Health Screenings to Nashville&#039;s Homeless Population</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Visitor</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/06/2018 - 10:14</span> <a href="/socks/blog-post-rss/268" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to HEALING HANDS: SOCKs Trainees Providing Free Health Screenings to Nashville&#039;s Homeless Population"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Jonathan Dallas and Jaims Lim have a passion for serving Nashville’s most vulnerable population.</p> <p>The two Vanderbilt medical students and SOCKs research trainees work in their spare time with Project Heal, a service-oriented Vanderbilt undergraduate group.</p> <p>In an effort to expand Project Heal’s service footprint, Dallas and Lim have helped organize and lead a group of students that have been providing free, basic health screenings to members of Nashville’s homeless population.  </p> <p>“The reason for starting this initiative stems from our desire to serve the socioeconomically disadvantaged with some of the skills we have been learning or learned throughout medical school,” said Lim. “Having grown up in an underprivileged environment as a child, I wanted to create something not necessarily directly school-sponsored or supported that we can do to serve.”</p> <p>The free health screenings have been targeted toward people staying at the Nashville Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter in the city. Dallas and Lim measure things like blood glucose, blood pressure and BMI levels and counsel each patient on basic steps they can take to improve their overall health.</p> <p>Dallas said they are hoping to identify ways that they can address the systemic problems faced by the homeless and socioeconomically depressed populations.</p> <p>“While there is a generalized understanding that decreased health literacy and poor access to healthcare leads to worse outcomes and higher disease rates, relatively little is done to fix this problem, or even identify the specifics of it in the first place,” said Dallas. “By gathering and spreading information about the health literacy status of one of Nashville's more vulnerable populations, it would be our goal to help tailor approaches to fixing these issues.”</p> <p>The clinics have helped identify several patients with harmful and even life-threatening health issues. And with those patients having little to no access to primary care providers, many times they have no idea that they need to be seeking help. Within the first few clinics, Dallas said that three patients were advised to go to a local emergency department because of either severe hyperglycemia or acute-onset, focal neurological problems.</p> <p>“There are a number of poor outcomes encountered among homeless individuals that can be partially avoided with simple health screenings and lifestyle changes,” Dallas said.</p> <p>Dallas and Lim hope to expand the free health clinics during their medical school career and leave a lasting impact.</p> <p>“Ultimately, we would like to expand this into a research project that characterizes the overall health status and the health literacy of Nashville’s homeless population and looks for potential areas of improvement,” said Dallas. “But this is still in early stages.”</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 06 Jun 2018 15:14:24 +0000 Visitor 268 at https://www.vumc.org/socks FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT: SOCKs Trainee Leads Project to Provide Low-Income Patients with Fresh Produce https://www.vumc.org/socks/socks-gives-back/fruits-spirit-socks-trainee-leads-project-provide-low-income-patients-fresh <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT: SOCKs Trainee Leads Project to Provide Low-Income Patients with Fresh Produce</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Visitor</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 05/16/2018 - 15:37</span> <a href="/socks/blog-post-rss/267" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT: SOCKs Trainee Leads Project to Provide Low-Income Patients with Fresh Produce"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Catie Havemann is a SOCKs research trainee and Vanderbilt medical student.</p> <p>But more than that, she's passionate about helping underprivileged populations.</p> <p>During the spring 2018 semester, Havemann co-facilitated a partnership that had Vanderbilt students making weekly deliveries of produce to patients who needed help and had limited access to healthy and fresh fruits and vegetables.</p> <p>The partnership connected the Shade Tree Clinic, a free health clinic run by Vanderbilt students, with the Nashville Food Project, a nonprofit that works to alleviate hunger.</p> <p>The Shade Tree Clinic serves as the primary care home for approximately 400 uninsured and underinsured individuals.</p> <p>"Many of our patients have diet-modifiable diseases like hypertension and diabetes, and are also challenged with poor access to fresh produce," said Havemann. "We wanted to come up with a project that would be mutually meaningful for both the clinic and the volunteers, and by doing so build a high-quality volunteer experience." </p> <p>Havemann and her co-facilitator, Vanderbilt medical student Nic Baddour, called the service-learning program the Shade Tree Clinic Service Learning Project. Every week, students working in the Shade Tree Clinic made deliveries of fresh produce to between four and eight patients. Havemann and Baddour mentored the students who made deliveries.</p> <p>"We paired the service component with shadowing and observation hours at Shade Tree, which is a valuable learning opportunity for students, and an important component of an application to jobs or health professions programs," Havemann said. </p> <p>The project served patients living in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Nashville. Havemann said part of the project’s aim was to build the community partnership between the Shade Tree Clinic and the Nashville Food Project, as the two organizations serve similar populations.</p> <p>"For me, the value of a program like this is actually two-fold," Havemann said. "Addressing health disparities is one of the reasons I chose to go into medicine in the first place, and I think it's very humanizing to look at food as part of medicine and to view that as an important service to our patients....I actually see this program as bridging the gap between two needs -- the needs of our patients, and the needs of students who are finding their way to work that resonates for them."</p> <p>Vanderbilt students participating in the service project included Ashley Nmoh, Chloe Wilks, Ashvin Antony, Roberta (Birdie) Hutton, Nitya Venkat, Jonathan Amaro-Barron, and Aine Muhumuzza. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 16 May 2018 20:37:21 +0000 Visitor 267 at https://www.vumc.org/socks CLEANING CREW: SOCKs Researchers Transform Apartment of Nashville CARES Client https://www.vumc.org/socks/socks-gives-back/cleaning-crew-socks-researchers-transform-apartment-nashville-cares-client <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">CLEANING CREW: SOCKs Researchers Transform Apartment of Nashville CARES Client </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Visitor</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:57</span> <a href="/socks/blog-post-rss/266" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to CLEANING CREW: SOCKs Researchers Transform Apartment of Nashville CARES Client "> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The giving spirit is alive and well at SOCKs, where there is much more going on than just medical research.</p> <p>During the work day, SOCKs Data Specialist Brad Guidry breaks down and organizes information and statistics into a format that is easily understandable. Out in the community, he’s doing something similar, but with a personal touch.</p> <p>Guidry started volunteering this past year with local nonprofit Nashville CARES, which supports low-income individuals and those in need of medical and personal assistance. The organization paired him with a senior living in low-income housing who needed a friendly connection and help with household chores.</p> <p>Guidry has since been regularly visiting with the man and said that the two have bonded.</p> <p>“We really hit it off. We really formed a connection,” said Guidry.</p> <p>Recently, Guidry found the man’s apartment in desperate need of cleaning, as it was overly messy to the point where it was difficult to see the floor or to walk around. And so Guidry decided to put his organization skills to work, and enlisted the help of his SOCKs colleagues, who were eager to assist. </p> <p>In a whole-day project, Guidry, along with SOCKs researchers Brittany Brake, Deonte Dawson and Jennifer Wynn sorted through the clutter, scrubbed floors and countertops and decontaminated what had become a dangerously unhealthy living environment.</p> <p>Brake said that the man’s face lit up when he saw the finished product.</p> <p>“It was just really rewarding,” said Brake. “When he came back in and saw his house, he was really excited. It made the whole effort worth it.”</p> <p>Guidry said that he plans to continue to volunteer with Nashville CARES and its CARE Team, which he said is providing an invaluable service for the community.</p> <p>“I think it’s a great organization,” Guidry said. “There’s not a lot of resources, not a lot of help for these people. But there’s a lot of people that need help.”</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/socks/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/Socks%20gives%20back.JPG?itok=CSrwwpmb" width="432" height="576" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">A view of the living room before SOCKs researchers cleaned up for a Nashville CARES client. </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 16 May 2018 19:57:07 +0000 Visitor 266 at https://www.vumc.org/socks