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Health Care in the Park

Beyond the confines of a clinic, Doctors Without Walls treats patients without permanent housing Doctors Without Walls volunteer Claire Sharp inventories the contents of an Emergency Medical Pack before coordinating outreach with patients, most of whom lack permanent housing. The packs are supplied by Direct Relief, then customized with frequently needed prescription medications. (Photo [...]

June 20th, 2019|

The 12th Annual Underserved Medicine Seminar

The 12th Annual Underserved Medicine Seminar took place during the Winter 2019 quarter at UCSB. Over the course of 10 weeks, the 250 students who were enrolled in the class took a deep dive into the vast world of humanitarian medicine. With topics ranging from neglected tropical diseases to the opioid crisis, students were inspired [...]

April 22nd, 2019|

Public Restrooms: An Overlooked Necessity

By Margaux Everingham Nature calls and you have nowhere to go? That can lead to a messy situation both figuratively and literally. Among the myriad of problems faced by the underserved in our community, a clean and safe place to use the restroom is one of both the most pervasive and the most often neglected [...]

April 10th, 2019|

Behind the scenes of Lompoc Clinic

By: Lorena Brasnic Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, the DWW-SBSM van parks outside of the Trinity Church of Nazarene in Lompoc and enthusiastic volunteers led by the passionate leadership of the clinic coordinator Cassie, set up a clinic in the communal room of the church. According to the clinic’s vitalist Bobby, patients’ [...]

April 8th, 2019|

Introducing DWW-SBSM’s New Operations Director

By Abby Lau Jeanelle Posch joined the DWW-SBSM (Doctors Without Walls-Santa Barbara Street Medicine) team in January as our new Operations Director. Jeanelle was raised in Southern California. She and her husband, Chris, have two daughters, Ashley and Sydney. She has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara and a Clinical Trials Design/Management [...]

April 7th, 2019|

DWW-SBSM Timeline

By Urvashi Singh Doctors Without Walls - Santa Barbara Street Medicine has come a long way since its inception in 2005. What began as the passion-fueled idea of family practice physician Dr. Noemi "Mimi" Doohan, is now a nonprofit organization comprised of over 170 local, community volunteers committed to serving the underserved population of Santa [...]

December 21st, 2018|

Holiday Giving

By Kelly Garvey   With the holiday season in full swing, find ways below to give back and volunteer in our community! If you are considering donating money this holiday season, please consider donating to help us continue to provide local medical care where it is needed most. Every little bit helps. $5 will buy [...]

December 21st, 2018|

Trans Care is Primary Care

by Margaux Everingham A few years back, one innovative medical professional realized that transgender kids in the Santa Barbara area were not receiving hormone therapy because local providers did not have sufficient education. This medical professional was Sofie DeVaney, a physician assistant (PA) with Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC). She decided to learn about hormone [...]

December 21st, 2018|

Pulling the Thorn from the Lion’s Paw

By Abby Lau   Josh Monroy is a Santa Barbara native. He was born and raised in Santa Barbara and has been a landscape designer in the area for 25 years. He was introduced to DWW-SBSM through his family: his aunt, Mimi, is  one of the founders of the organization his mother, Maggie, is the [...]

December 21st, 2018|

“Good Deeds” Do Not Go Unnoticed

By Abby Lau This year, DWW-SBSM volunteers participated in a multi-organization “care package making” event. They made over 200 packages, which will be going to individuals experiencing homelessness in the Santa Barbara area. Every November on a day known as Mitzvah Day, organizations within the Jewish community undertake a volunteer project to serve their local [...]

December 21st, 2018|