Free clinic works to expand patient base through partnerships

At a recent health fair, the Student-Run Free Clinic at NEOMED made significant strides in community outreach and partnership development. We successfully connected with several key organizations including the Portage County Health Department, Kent Health Department, University Hospitals, Akron Children's Hospital, Community Action Council, Portage County Metropolitan Housing and the Mental Health Recovery Board.

While many of these organizations were familiar with NEOMED, most were unaware of the services provided by the clinic. However, after learning about us, many representatives expressed enthusiasm about the prospect of future collaboration. This opens up exciting possibilities for us to receive referrals from other programs and expand our patient base.

At the event, we handed out flyers to interested community members or those who knew someone who could benefit from our services. This direct approach helped us inform people about the clinic and its offerings, particularly those who need it most.

In a memorable moment, we met the first patient treated at the clinic. It was heartwarming to hear him recall the care he received during that visit. This encounter underscores the positive impact the clinic has on the lives of the people we serve.

These connections and experiences highlight the growing presence and importance of the clinic within our community. We look forward to building on these relationships and continuing to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of those in need.

— Shivani Yerigeri (M3), president of administrative affairs, Student-Run Free Clinic

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