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Congressman Jarod Huffman volunteers for UVMC’s Street Medicine Program on Friday, January 20, 2017

Volunteers Ukiah,CA-Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC) gratefully welcomes Congressman Jarod Huffman to join them in a day of service. Congressman Huffman reached out to UVMC with a desire to learn more about their Street Medicine Program first hand, volunteering to serve the local homeless community. On Friday, January 20, 2017 Congressman Huffman, his wife Susan Huffman and staff will join the UVMC’s Street Medicine team in preparing over the counter (OTC) medicine packets (ibuprofen, Tylenol, Benadryl, allergy medicine, Band-Aids + neosporin packets), checking medical pack inventory, and sorting and inventorying donated goods for the emergency winter shelter. “The medicine packets are an important part of our gear, especially during cold and flu season,” says Kael Loftus, Street Medicine Program Manager. 

Following the preparation of OTC medicine packets, per Congressman Huffman’s request, the group will be visiting the Inland Valley Winter Shelter located at 1045 S. State Street in Ukiah. This visit is part of the Congressman’s week of service in which he will be volunteering with many organizations throughout his district. Noemi Doohan MD, Ukiah Valley Street Medicine Medical Director spoke to UVMC’s excitement in hosting Congressman Huffman, “We are honored that Congressman Huffman has chosen our program to focus on during his days of service. We believe this visit will show the strength that our program brings to our community as well as the challenges we face in serving this vulnerable population which suffers from heavy burdens of chronic illness. Our program is supported by an incredible team of dedicated volunteers and we are delighted that Congressman Huffman will have the opportunity to meet them as well” 

UVMC’s Street Medicine Program was founded in 2016 to provide direct care without a direct charge to the patient, via a mobile clinic. This health care model operates from a whole person perspective, offering mental health and outreach services, alongside medical care. One primary goal of the Street Medicine program is to reduce emergency room visits by 20%, as well as to reduce the length of stays for inpatient hospital visits by 20%. 

For more information about UVMC’s Street Medicine Program, please contact Kael Loftus, Street Medicine Program Manager, by email at kael.loftus@ah.org.