Health Access and Care Coordination Project

By Matt Sumethasorn   Since January of 2017, Doctors Without Walls has been part of a multiagency collaborative called the HACC project. Spearheaded by the Housing Authority, the Health Access and Care Coordination project or HACC, aims to connect MediCal recipients in low-income or Section 8 housing to services such as healthcare andbehavioral health providers. [...]

November 10th, 2017|

Volunteer Summer Spotlight

By Vall Vinai   Doctors Without Walls would not be where it is today without its outstanding volunteers. Some of our incredible volunteers have devoted their summertime to helping underserved patient populations. Their optimistic outlook, positive attitude, and volunteerism create the driving force behind the organization. We would like to highlight two extraordinary volunteers of [...]

November 10th, 2017|

Housing Authority Grant to Benefit Low Income Residents

by Christopher Stathis Recently, Doctors Without Walls - Santa Barbara Street Medicine (DWW) received a grant from the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara County, which has enabled it to treat a patient population it could not before reach. The grant is part of the Health Access and Care Coordination (HACC) project, whose mission is to [...]

April 18th, 2017|

Lights, Camera, Action! Street Rounds with Dr. Jim Withers

by Pierre Kobierski It was February sixth, a rainy Monday morning in Isla Vista. I popped open my umbrella and walked to my car, excited to pick up Dr. Jim Withers at “Casa Jason” (the home of our Medical Director), where he stayed while in Santa Barbara. He greeted me at the door with a [...]

April 18th, 2017|

Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. John Vallee’s Journey into Medicine

by Vivian Bui and Marina Najjar Dr. Vallee met with our team in Isla Vista Between harmonica practice with his blues band, surf sessions, urgent care shifts, and ski trips to the mountains, Dr. John Vallee can be found in our clinics, teaching eager students the ins and outs of medicine. Unlike many [...]

April 18th, 2017|

The Mobile Medical Clinic: Driving Street Medicine Forward

By Matt Sumethasorn and Pierre Kobierski Doctors Without Walls' new Mobile Medical Clinic.  If you've seen a large white van with the words “Santa Barbara Street Medicine” sprawled across the side, you've probably spotted our new mobile medical clinic. With a $65,000 grant provided by the Women's Fund of Santa Barbara, DWW was able [...]

November 26th, 2016|

Mark’s New Smile: A Companion Care Story

By Pierre Kobierski I am always fascinated by the stories of those I meet on the streets of Santa Barbara. As I drove downtown on August 18th to meet Mark, one of our wonderful patients, I could not stop thinking of questions I wanted to ask him. When I arrived at our meeting spot, I [...]

November 26th, 2016|

The Eyes and Ears of the Park Clinics: An Interview with Lynn Matis

By Marina Najjar   “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.    For most patients and volunteers that come through Doctors without Walls - Santa Barbara Street Medicine (DWW), Lynn Matis is [...]

November 26th, 2016|

It Takes A Village: Gratitude for our Donors

by Christopher Stathis Photograph by Vivian Bui  On September 10th, the third annual Doctors without Walls - Santa Barbara Street Medicine (DWW) Glow in the Park fundraiser took place at Elings Park. As DWW’s largest annual fundraiser, Glow in the Park aims every year to unite the Santa Barbara community under the vision of [...]

November 22nd, 2016|