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MCC Students Making a Difference: Omaha Homeless Connect

Summer 2009 | Archives

Nursing students Omaha Homeless Connect is a project designed to be a one-stop shop for the homeless community to connect with services that might enhance their living situations. This was the second year for the project held at Creighton University´s Kiewit Fitness Center. The event was open to more than 500 homeless individuals.

Multiple social service agencies including Legal Aid, the Omaha Food Bank, the Omaha Housing Authority and the Visiting Nurses Association were present for the event. Medical screening services were provided by a collaborative group of physicians, medical students, pharmacy students, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) students, nursing students and dental students from Creighton University, Iowa Western Community College and MCC. Homeless individuals needing follow-up care were referred to the Charles Drew Health Center. Social Services arranged transportation for those individuals.

The project not only helped hundreds in the city of Omaha, but it also gave students hands-on experience with patients. Students worked together with medical professionals to help those who might otherwise go without the care they need to live healthy lives. It was a great learning experience for all involved and helped students get out of the classroom and get connected with the local community.

"I thought it was a great opportunity to give back to the community and to offer services to those who rarely get health and welfare services. I was impressed by all of the services and businesses that came together to help the homeless," said an MCC Nursing student volunteer.

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