Transition of RIMNP leadership

We are thrilled to announce a transition of medical student RIMNP leadership to Hiba Dhanani, MD19 and Faiz Khan, MD19!

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Hiba is a first year medical student at Brown who is a passionate cook and advocate of community based care. She worked at a community health center in Camden, NJ and is seeking a masters in Primary Care-Population Medicine to hopefully change the landscape of medical care.

Faiz is a first year medical student at Brown who previously worked with Health Leads, and enjoys traveling, exercising, and all things sports.

They will lead RIMNP beginning in January 2016. Congratulations, Hiba and Faiz!

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International Street Medicine Symposium

Meredith Adamo, Dr. Craig Kaufmann, and Megan Smith attended the International Street Medicine Symposium in San Jose, CA in October 2015. They presented the RIMNP pilot program model to an international community of healthcare providers, policy leaders, advocates, and members of the Santa Barbara County homeless community. During the conference, they learned about exemplary street medicine programs from all over the world, and were able to speak with some of the leaders of this field, including Dr. Jim Withers of Operation Safety Net and Dr. Jim O’Connell of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program.

Winter clothing drive: Over 700 items donated!

Every year, many homeless individuals are in need of winter clothing—shoes, coats, gloves—to prepare for the cold and sometimes life-threatening weather. In response, RIMNP held a winter clothing drive through the month of December at Alpert Medical School and Brown University’s undergraduate campus. Medical student volunteers sorted the overflowing bags of clothing, shoes, and canned food, and House of Hope CDC distributed these items during street outreach. Thanks to donors in the Providence community, we collected over 700 items!

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Furniture drive: success!

In early December, RIMNP sent out an email to medical school students, staff, and other contacts to request for donations of used furniture for two of our clients who had just found housing. We had an overwhelming response, and dedicated all of Sunday, December 13th to picking up the furniture from all over the greater Providence area. By the end of the day, we had filled two 15′ U-Hauls to the brim, and had enough furniture for these two individuals and a few other House of Hope clients!

Thank you to everyone who donated and to those who helped move furniture all day long. We moved the two RIMNP clients in the following Monday, and they couldn’t have been happier!

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