On Wednesday, September 6, RIMNP kicked off the new school year with a training for new student navigators. Students came from across the state and many disciplines, including medical and undergraduate students from Brown University, social work students from Rhode Island College, and law students from Roger Williams University. As the night’s keynote, Megan Smith, program manager at the House of Hope and anchoring caseworker on several navigator teams, enriched the training with local and national statistics and personal experiences in caring for those experiencing homelessness.
RIMNP partnered with the Aging Interest Group and the Brown undergraduate program Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) to attend the “Legislative Leadership Forum on Senior Issues” on April 10, 2017. There we learned about the four top priority issues for RI elders from Bill Flynn, the Executive Director of the host organization, Senior Agenda Coalition of RI. Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio responded to these priorities, and we were excited to hear verbal pledges of support for reinstatement of the RIPTA No-Fare Bus Pass Program. This is a top priority issue and a vital program used by over 4,000 seniors and 9,700 persons living with disabilities, including many of our RIMNP participants. We will continue to work with the Senior Agenda Coalition of RI and HOPE to advocate for the reinstatement of the RIPTA No-Fare Bus Pass Program as soon as possible.
On November 5, 2016 the Rhode Island Medical Navigator Partnership collaborated with community partners to host its first annual community health fair in Burnside Park. With partners including the Ocean State Immunization Collaborative, Project Weber/RENEW, Clinica Esperanza and Fostering Hope we were able to provide a range of services including flu vaccines, STI/Hep C/HIV testing, blood pressure and glucose monitoring. We also loved seeing the DPH and Healthy Communities Office. It was a very well attended event with about 100 visitors! We hope that people were able to address some of their basic health needs and gain access to follow up care. Here’s to bringing health care to the people!
On January 13th, RIMNP anchoring provider, Caitlin May, NP, and RIMNP case manager, Megan Smith, of House of Hope, held a workshop on delivering care to patients experiencing homelessness for fifteen Dedicated Education Unit nurses from inpatient units at Rhode Island Hospital. The nurses had requested material on homelessness issues because individuals experiencing homelessness represent a large proportion of their patient population. The workshop included a discussion on the intrinsic and extrinsic factors leading folks to homelessness, upstream and downstream interventions, and numerous community resources in the Rhode Island area. After the presentation, Smith and PATH forensic psychology intern, Nate Capalbo, participated in a simulation that centered on a patient experiencing homelessness.
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Two of the RIMNP co-founders, Meredith Adamo and Alicia Lu, will give the Center for Primary Care and Prevention monthly Grand Rounds talk on February 10th at 12pm at Memorial Hospital. They will be presenting on the history of RIMNP, its current programs, and future directions working with the community. Join us to learn more!