SHARING to host national conference on student-run clinics

by Chuck Brown, UNMC public affairs | September 23, 2008

picture disc.UNMC and the SHARING Clinics will host a conference in late March to start a national discussion on the topic of student-run health care clinics.

The conference is aimed at students and faculty from various fields of health care and is designed to foster conversation among people from universities who currently have student-run clinics and those who are interested in starting such clinics.

The conference -- which will be held at UNMC -- starts March 27 and runs through March 29.

"The goal of this conference is to enable and inspire more schools across the country to incorporate student-run clinics into their programs and to improve existing clinics to help enhance the health care of the underserved nationwide," said Natalie Stavas, co-president of the UNMC SHARING Clinic Board. "Student-run clinics help generate a culture of service and passion for the underserved and give students the tools they need to implement new methods of providing heath care."

Best practices for establishing and running student-run clinics will be among the topics covered at the conference.

The cost of the conference is $75 for students and $250 for faculty. For more information about the conference, send an e-mail to skbryan@unmc.edu.

UNMC's SHARING Clinics are a nationally recognized group of clinics that serve the uninsured and underinsured at little or no cost.

Founded in 1997, the SHARING Clinics include:

  • SHARING for general health care;
  • RESPECT for STD testing, treatment, and counseling;
  • GOODLIFE for diabetes care; and
  • A recently opened dental clinic in Lincoln run by College of Dentistry students.

Students and faculty from a variety of disciplines, including medicine, nursing, physical therapy, dentistry and public health, work together to provide patients with integrated, multidisciplinary care. The SHARING Clinics celebrated their 10th year of providing service this year.

Click here to see a flyer about this conference and here see more about the SHARING Clinics.