Week of Feb. 3rd




This past week, we held our first reflections meeting of 2018. Around twenty students were in attendance putting their heads together to reflect upon challenging personal and often systemic obstacles to helping their partnered participants. The homelessness that each of our partnered participants face is rife with these obstacles, unfortunately, but they may all take quite different forms. Being able to share our personal goals and experiences from our individual teams helped us learn more about our own team efforts, and understand, a little better, the experience that others may have in order to effect positive change in the future. We also discussed a transition to a “pool” format for the RWU law students who will primarily act as consultants for when individual teams want to discuss any legal issues that participants may potentially face.


Feb 23-25: We are attending the Summit on Homelessness and Poverty, a conference aiming to facilitate collaboration, discussion, and community building among students and student-led organizations doing innovative anti-poverty work across the country.

Here are some highly recommended lectures to attend at the weekend conference:



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Happy New Year! RIMNP in 2018

Happy New Year! Ringing in 2018, we have some new students who will be transitioning into leadership roles for RIMNP.

From left to right in photo above:

Jeffrey Lam, Team Management, Alpert Medical School M.D. 2021Scott Gummerson, Student Education, Alpert Medical School, M.D. 2021Sydney Tan, Community Initiatives and Advocacy, Alpert Medical School, M.D. 2021; Sanjana Kalagara, General Management, Team Management, Alpert Medical School, M.D. 2021Sarena Hayer, Community Initiatives and Advocacy, Alpert Medical School, M.D. 2021Sarah Kler, General Management, Program Evaluation, Finances, Alpert Medical School, M.D. 2021Pamela Yan, External Communications, Alpert Medical School, M.D. 2021

Not pictured:

Kira Cortese, Program EvaluationSara Melucci, Program Evaluation, Student Education, Team Management

In our transition meetings, we have worked on our leadership team communications and expectations, and well as outlining our roles and space to grow into for the next year.

Please feel 100% free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns you would like to voice to RIMNP’s new leadership at rihomelesspartnership@gmail.com.

Looking ahead:

  1. Monday, Jan. 29 we will have a reflection session for current medical navigators.
  2. We are collaborating with RWU law students for partnered participants who may face complex legal challenges in their experience with homelessness.
  3. We will be participating in the Summit for Homelessness and Poverty with Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE). More info and registration here: https://hopeatbrown.wixsite.com/summit.

Fall 2017 New Navigator Training

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.

Legislative Leadership Forum on Senior Issues

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.

Burnside Park Health Fair

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!