By Annie Pangle, case manager
At OCP we are blessed to work closely with local nonprofit partners that help us care for our community members. This month we are highlighting the work of The Suitcase Clinic.
The Suitcase Clinic is part of the JMU IHHS program and “is a homeless healthcare initiative dedicated to improving the health of the local homeless population.” Our homeless community members suffer from high rates of acute and chronic disease, behavioral health conditions and disabilities, and often lack a primary care provider to help monitor or treat their condition. The Suitcase Clinic fills this role. Rather than functioning in a fixed clinical setting, the mobile services provided by the Suitcase Clinic allow clients to be seen by healthcare professionals in private settings within the facilities of various homeless service providers like OCP and Open Doors.
In collaboration with nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nursing students, PA students, faculty supervisors, and local volunteers, the Suitcase Clinic provides a variety of services to community members through routine clinics. Some of the services they provide are:
- Onsite Healthcare
- Referrals to Specialists
- Medication Refills
- Transportation Assistance to Appointments
- Dental Services
- Tele-psych Services
- Foot Clinics
- Mental Health Services
- Medicaid Enrollment Assistance
Thank you, Suitcase Clinic, for all you do at OCP and throughout our community! You are awesome!!!