Medical and Nursing students who participate in CHAP Foot Care Clinic develop a toolkit of clinical and health promotion skills for working with the homeless community, for whom quality foot care can be a potential life-saver. Prior to each clinic, students attend a two-hour seminar by Frederica Overstreet, MD, MPH, and Josephine Ensign, DrPH, which teaches students principles of diabetic pathophysiology and foot care management, in addition to health education techniques and strategies for encouraging positive health behaviors by diabetic and non-diabetic patients.
During clinics for individuals affected by homelessness, students work one-on-one with clients to provide foot examinations and foot care while gaining skills in relevant health education and promotion. Current sites for this project include Mary's Place Drop-in Center for Homeless Women, Downtown Emergency Service Center in collaboration with CHAP Dermatology Clinic, ROOTS (Rising out of the Shadows), a shelter for young adults in the University District, and Hammond House, a shelter for women in Downtown, Seattle.
Teeth & Toes Clinic
Students who participate in CHAP Teeth & Toes Clinics develop a toolkit of both clinical and health promotion skills for working with the homeless community, as well as an opportunity for interprofessional education. Teeth & Toes is a partnership with the School of Dentistry and School of Nursing to provide patients with both a foot and oral exam. Clinics are usually held on holidays (Mondays) when students are out of class and can provide services during the day. Community partners currently include Mary's Place and ROOTS, both shelters downtown serving local women, children, and adolescents.