H.O.M.E.S. Clinic Receives Prestigious Award

Feb. 14, 2014

Houston program awarded the 2014 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award by the Texas Medical Association Foundation.

The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) presented its 2014 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award to the H.O.M.E.S. (Houston Outreach Medicine, Education, and Social Services) Clinic of Houston, which serves people who are homeless. The TMAF award recognizes exceptional projects that address urgent public health threats and further TMAF’s mission to help physicians create a healthier future for all Texans.

HOMES Clinic was founded in 1999 by David Buck, MD, and medical students from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (UTHealth Medical School) and Baylor College of Medicine. They sought to alleviate disparities in people’s access to health care by providing quality medical and social services free-of-charge to Houston’s homeless population. They found that this group of people is disproportionately affected by chronic health conditions, violence, poor mental health, and substance abuse. The clinic’s mission is “to provide accessible and quality health care to all area homeless residents in a learning environment that promotes the dignity of all participants.” Overseen by Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston, HOMES Clinic operates every Sunday year-round. Medical preceptors and students from Houston’s two medical schools and the University of Houston’s College of Pharmacy and College of Social Work, care for the clients.

In 2012, volunteers donated more than 3,354 hours of service, caring for 278 homeless patients, and providing 260 social service encounters in which they referred clients to shelters, day centers, and other needed services. The clinic recently adopted an electronic medical records system and is partnering with Project Access, a free transportation service for homeless riders to travel to essential services such as health care, meals, and shelter.

The award will enable HOMES to expand its “Street Medicine” lecture series for volunteer medical students and purchase additional pharmacy and medical supplies for the homeless persons served. “I felt truly blessed that HOMES Clinic was supported by people who are so dedicated and passionate about providing services to needy populations,” said Kristin Tang, medical student at UTHealth Medical School and associate director of projects at HOMES.

TMAF Champion of Health Award top honorees receive $5,000 and a specially commissioned bronze statue. The award is named after John P. McGovern, MD, a philanthropist, scholar, and noted allergist who founded the John P. McGovern Foundation in Houston. Dr. McGovern established a permanent endowment at TMAF, which supports this award.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the association and raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine. 

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