The UCLA/GWHFC Mobile Clinic

The mission of the UCLA Mobile Clinic project is to improve the health outcomes and quality of life for homeless and low-income individuals in the Hollywood and West Hollywood areas through direct medical and health care services, health promotion and disease prevention activities, social support and case management services, and referral to medical and social resources in the community.

UCLA Mobile Clinic Information:

In 2000, the students of the UCLA Schools of Public Health and Medicine, as well as the Undergraduate College teamed up with the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition in creating a mobile clinic to serve the indigent and homeless population of Hollywood and West Hollywood. In 2003, the UCLA Mobile Clinic expanded its services to a second site, Common Ground, a drop in site, which serves homeless youth in Santa Monica, and in 2004, Mobile Clinic caseworkers assist in clinics at Samoshel, a homeless shelter in Santa Monica. In 2006, a formal partnership was developed with Step Up on Second, a mental health center in Santa Monica.

The Mobile Clinic is a student managed, street based effort to provide basic medical and social support services to those who have very limited access to health care and social services. In addition, we will offer health education and referrals for their continuing health care needs.

Additionally, we are looking to collaborate with other providers working with homeless and low-income persons. Incorporating different disciplines and taking a holistic approach to health care, the UCLA Mobile Clinic welcomes your participation and contribution. If you or your provider is interested in taking part in Mobile Clinic’s mission to improve the health outcomes and quality of life of the homeless, please contact us at mobileclinic@ucla.edu.

The Key Players at the Clinic:

Attending Physician, Dentist and Supervising Attorney

  • Recommend appropriate treatment, medications, legal services or referrals for individual clients
  • Oversee medical/dental/law student volunteers in providing treatment and recommendations

Case Workers:

  • Conduct clients’ initial intakes and social histories
  • Talk with clients about issues they are facing
  • Accompany client through medical services when necessary
  • Serve as social advocates for the clients
  • Facilitate and follow-up on client referrals

Medical Student Volunteers:

  • Conduct health history with client
  • Present case to attending physician
  • Provide necessary treatment or referral based on physician recommendations
  • Distribute medicine as needed

Dental Student Volunteers:

  • Conduct dental history and soft gum tissue evaluation
  • Present case to attending dentist
  • Provide education, and if possible, recommendations for dental treatment or referral

Public Health Student Volunteers:

  • Maintain, update, and expand system of referrals for local health care and social services
  • Provide appropriate referrals to clients
  • Maintain clinic records system
  • Distribute health education materials and conduct health education activities
  • Evaluation and assessment of activities

Legal Clinic

Under the supervision of a licensed attorney, volunteer attorneys and law/pre-law students assist clients with legal issues

Common Complaints among Clients:

Health complaints:

  • Foot problems
  • Joint problems
  • Dental problems
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • HIV, STDs and other infectious diseases
  • Urinary tract problems (especially in females)
  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin and ear disorders
  • Vision problems
  • Chronic health problems (hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, back pain, etc.)

Social Needs:

  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse problems
  • Domestic violence problems
  • Legal questions
  • Job training/seeking; help with resumes
  • Housing needs
  • Assistance obtaining ID, applying for public benefits

Types of Services Provided:

  • Acute Care (cuts and bruises, colds and flues, fungal infections, coughs, and general pain)
  • Basic check-ups (include taking of medical histories and measurement of vital signs)
  • Resource information and referrals (information and referrals to health/social services providers)
  • Dental examination, evaluation, education and referral (Common Ground only)
  • Preventive care (providing sunscreen, toothbrushes, soap, condoms and hygiene products)
  • Health education (educational materials on a variety of diseases and conditions of interest to the population, including sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis, tuberculosis, high blood pressure, and cholesterol)
  • Client support (help access the community resources needed to move beyond life on the streets, such as resume writing, job seeking and retention skills)

Medical Directors/Advisors

Denise Garvey, MD Neil Parker, MD Ashley Christiani, MD Dental Directors/Advisors Nancy Reifel, DDS

Public Health Directors/Advisors

Michael Prelip, DPA, MPH, CHES Michael Goldstein, Ph.D.

Community Partner

Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition

Medical Coordinators

John Hann (Johnhann@gmail.com) Sadiah Sabir (sadiahsabir@gmail.com)

Service Learning Coordinator

Koy S. Parada, PhD(c), MPH (koy@ucla.edu)

Locations:

Sycamore and Romaine

Service provided on the corner of Sycamore and Romaine in Hollywood, California (one block south of Santa Monica, one block east of La Brea).

The UCLA Mobile Clinic operates from 6-9PM on Wednesday evenings rain or shine.

Common Ground

Service provided at 2012 Lincoln Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405.

The UCLA Mobile Clinic operates from 5pm-10pm Tuesdays, with medical and dental services on alternating weeks.

UCLA Mobile Clinic Project
c/o UCLA School of Public Health
Box 951772
Los Angeles, CA 90095
www.mcp.ucla.edu
mobileclinic@ucla.edu
(310) 825-4600