USF nursing students help San Francisco residents and put classroom lessons to work.
USF’s nursing students are receiving accolades for their work providing free health care to some of the city’s poorest residents.
Only gateway to health care
San Francisco City Impact awarded the School of Nursing and Health Professions a Community Partner Award for nursing students’ work in the nonprofit’s Health and Wellness Center — where they serve residents of the Tenderloin. Many of the center’s patients are homeless, and the clinic is their only gateway to health care.
USF partnership is essential
For the last three years, USF nursing students have partnered with City Impact to provide basic care and make home visits, delivering meals and offering health education classes about everything from preventing hepatitis to eating healthy. The partnership has been eye opening for students and critical to City Impact.
“We literally could not exist without the partnership with USF,” said Dr. Joel Cho, City Impact’s volunteer medical director. “The patients are so appreciative of the fact that these nursing students, with their bright careers ahead of them, are choosing to spend time in the Tenderloin caring for them.”