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Doctors Without Walls - SB Street Medicine
updated: Jan 14, 2012, 9:15 AM
Doctors Without Walls-Santa Barbara Street Medicine (DWW-SBSM) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing free, volunteer medical care for the most vulnerable of Santa Barbara County. The organization was created to meet local need for medical volunteerism in response to both acute disasters such as fires and earthquakes and chronic disasters such as poverty and homelessness. DWW-SBSM is composed of volunteer doctors, nurses, social workers, students and community members.
Wrap Around Care and Street Medicine
DWW-SBSM provides four different clinics in Santa Barbara
County to best serve the diverse medical needs of the area:
Pershing Park Clinic, Alameda Park Clinic, Isla Vista Clinic, and
the Women's Free Homeless Clinic hosted at the Transition House. Volunteer medical teams provide hospitality items and
medical care to the most vulnerable members of our community,
many of whom are homeless. In order to ensure consistent care
and build trust with those we are serving, the clinics are offered
year-round, rain or shine. In addition to the clinics in the park, small teams of medical volunteers
walk the streets of Santa Barbara providing medical care directly to where it is needed.
Disaster Preparedness and Relief
DWW-SBSM works closely with the Santa Barbara County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to
aid in the education, training, and deployment of volunteers and resources in the event of a large-
scale local emergency. DWW-SBSM also provides an Isla Vista Halloween Recovery Zone and
First Aid Station, which offers triage and first aid care to the Isla Vista population during one of
the nation's largest student street parties.
DWW-SBSM is dedicated to motivating and developing the next generation of humanitarian
medical professionals and community leaders. Students are interspersed throughout the
organization, both in volunteer and leadership positions. Participating in a range of programs,
students have opportunities to take part in the annual Underserved Medicine seminar at UCSB,
to volunteer in clinical programs, to hold leadership roles through internships and to take part in
the UCSB-affiliated group, Street Health Outreach (SHO).
For more information about DWW-SBSM, feel free to visit http://santabarbarastreetmedicine.org/
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