PAs receive grant to help the homeless

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uinnipiac University's Foot Clinic has received a $876 grant from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Foundation to continue providing podiatric care to the homeless.

Quinnipiac’s student-run interprofessional clinic is led by physician assistant students Deborah Cooke and Jennifer Bellucci and medical student Christopher Morgan. It not only provides podiatric care to the homeless at the Grand Avenue Men’s Shelter in New Haven, but it is designed to allow health care students to work alongside professionals and develop real-world skills.

The “Be the Change” grant will be used to purchase enough supplies for six clinics, including gloves, foot covers, scrub brushes, nail clippers, tweezers, socks, scissors, scalpel blades, nail files, cuticle sticks, pumice stones and antibacterial soap.

“At any given time, we’ll have upwards of 20 to 30 students participate in the clinic,” said Dennis Brown, a clinical assistant professor of physician assistant studies and a faculty adviser for the foot clinic. “We are providing a service to the men at the shelter that they are not otherwise getting. It also gives our students a chance to give back to the community and takes some of their education out of the classroom.”

The foot clinic, which serves an average of 25 homeless men four to six times per academic year, also includes students from Quinnipiac’s physical therapy and occupational therapy programs, as well as its School of Nursing and Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

The foot clinic has been in operation at the shelter since 2013. It was founded by two physician assistant students who wanted to bring podiatric care to a medically underserved population.

“This is a population that has multiple health problems,” Brown said. “Their life is spent on their feet all the time. They don’t have cars, they don’t have access to transportation and they don’t have money. It makes it difficult to get health care.”

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“We are providing a service to the men at the shelter that they are not otherwise getting. It also gives our students a chance to give back to the community and takes some of their education out of the classroom.”
Dennis Brown, clinical assistant professor of physician assistant studies and a faculty adviser for the foot clinic