Dad and mom whose kids are enjoying sports activities this 12 months took benefit of free sports activities gear offered by UB school and college students final Saturday on the Seneca-Babcock Neighborhood Heart.
The occasion was co-hosted by the UB Free Medical Clinic and the Seneca-Babcock Neighborhood Affiliation.
The Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic is the student-run clinic of UB’s well being sciences models, together with the Jacobs College of Medication and Biomedical Sciences and the College of Public Well being and Well being Professions. William Blymire, scientific assistant professor of inner drugs and pediatrics on the Jacobs College and a doctor with UBMD Inner Medication, is the clinic’s medical director.
Lily McGovern, a second-year medical pupil at UB, defined her motivation for collaborating within the occasion. “As a supervisor at Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic, I’m dedicated to recognizing and addressing unmet well being wants within the medically underserved neighborhood,” she stated. “Our group helps younger individuals searching for faculty or sports activities physicals nearly each clinic evening and that want has elevated with a brand new faculty 12 months on the horizon.
“This occasion will increase our capability to ship bodily train to those that want it and supplies an thrilling alternative for UB college students to offer again to the neighborhood,” McGovern continued. “We’re additionally grateful for the participation of collaborating professionals from drugs, public well being, and athletic coaching who graciously volunteered their time.”
Jessica S. Kruger, scientific assistant professor of neighborhood well being and well being habits within the UB College of Public Well being and Well being Professions, famous that sports activities are a good way for college students to study teamwork and change into bodily lively.
“Nonetheless, many households face limitations to getting a bodily faculty,” Kruger stated. “These limitations could be time, entry, affordability or different competing calls for. At Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic, our mission is to serve the uninsured and underinsured in Buffalo. The aim of this occasion, held along with the Seneca-Babcock Neighborhood Affiliation, is to assist decrease these limitations and serve the neighborhood.
Licensed physicians who volunteer for the Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic supervised the scholars on the occasion. Contributors included medical college students from the Jacobs College, college students within the public well being and athletic coaching applications of the College of Public Well being and Well being Professions, and college students from the College of Social Work. College students helped navigate sufferers by way of numerous well being stations, helping in acquiring a household historical past and educating sufferers on damage prevention.
“I feel it is important that we, as medical college students, serve our Buffalo neighborhood early and infrequently as we work towards changing into docs,” McGovern stated. “I prefer to get out of the classroom and use my expertise to assist my neighbors. I am additionally an aspiring paediatrician, so I like any alternative to work with younger individuals.”
UB college students who participated discovered expertise associated to interprofessional collaboration, a key element of their well being sciences schooling at UB, Kruger added.
“Teamwork is important in well being care and by working collectively we are able to serve the neighborhood and instill these values,” she stated. “Working with underserved communities has a long-lasting impression on college students, and people who start working with underserved populations early of their careers are likely to wish to proceed working in these communities sooner or later.”