In 2014, medical students from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University partnered with case managers from House of Hope, a community development corporation in Rhode Island, to create the Rhode Island Medical Navigator Partnership (RIMNP). Through this program, we act as healthcare navigators and medical advocates for our partnered participants, all of whom have experienced chronic homelessness. We use an interdisciplinary team-based structure consisting of medical students, social work interns, undergraduate students, case managers, and anchoring providers to advocate for the unique needs of our partnered participants and to ensure their fair treatment in and out of clinics and hospitals. Our navigation support includes scheduling and attending medical appointments, improving communication among providers, assisting with medication compliance, facilitating SSI benefits, helping to secure housing opportunities, organizing furniture and clothing drives, and more.
We operate using the following model: