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 clients, all of whom have experienced chronic homelessness. We use an interdisciplinary team-based structure consisting of medical students, nursing students, social work interns, undergraduate students, case managers, and anchoring providers to advocate for our clients’ unique needs and ensure fair, nonjudgmental and holistic treatment in and out of clinics and hospitals. We support our clients in all their interactions with the health care system, including scheduling and attending medical appointments, improving communication among providers, assisting with medication compliance, facilitating SSI benefits, helping to secure housing opportunities, and more.

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