The Health Education Committee upholds that knowledge is power. Although the health conditions of our clients may be jarring, many are resultant of lifestyle habits and are largely preventable. Thus, this committee fosters open dialogue with clients on diseases, human development, and affordable steps to prevent disease onset or mitigate symptoms. At clinic, members disburse health products such as multivitamins and hygiene kits, and offer clients street-side talks on various health topics. Off-site, they lead discussion-style seminars with interim housing clients. The Health Education Committee cultivates creativity, public speaking skills, and a passion for teaching the underserved.
The Outreach Committee focuses on advocacy. This team strives to enhance the presence of Mobile Clinic on campus and within our community by maintaining all of Mobile Clinic's social media platforms, producing a quarterly newsletter, and hosting events which engage the greater UCLA community on discourses related to the medically underserved. Outreach also attempts to augment the financial base of Mobile Clinic through various fundraising efforts and ultimately aims to create a much wider spread consciousness of the organization. Some projects include spearheading an annual Homelessness Awareness Week, conducting outreach to new homeless communities, putting on internal retreats, and hosting thrift shops to raise clothing donations.
The Logistics Committee works exclusively within the Mobile Clinic truck: the heart of our street-side Hollywood clinic. Logistics members are responsible for stocking and distributing the essential medications, clinical supplies, and hygiene items that our clients rely on each and every week. In doing so, every committee member gains a profound knowledge of the demands and supplies of clinic. They become an indispensable resource for Mobile Clinic’s caseworkers, medical students and physicians alike. Priding itself on organization and efficiency, this laborious committee works to meet the diverse needs of clinic while providing the most exceptional service possible.
The Referrals Committee connects clients to essential health and social services unavailable at our street clinics. Its members assess a client’s needs and refer them an appropriate site, providing all relevant information including hours, directions, and expectations. A Referrals member is always present at clinic and consults caseworkers regarding possible resources for their clients. This committee constantly updates their system by visiting referral sites and searching for new potential sites. Referrals Committee members gain an incredibly holistic understanding of how to address a client’s problems and are extremely effective under high pressure. They manage a database of resources for over 100 community sites, having expansive knowledge of services in Los Angeles.
Database Committee members are a critical component of Mobile Clinic, in charge of chronicling medical and social records of all clients whom we interact with at clinic. They assess and input clients’ information into a database and produce data reports that are integral to MCP grants. By analyzing and inputting details of our clients’ experiences, the Database Committee develops a deep understanding of clinical encounters and how social context can dramatically impact health outcome. As such, they gain insight into how clinic operations can be enhanced to improve the outcomes of our clients. This vital committee attracts inquisitive, dedicated, detail-oriented students who are eager to learn.
As the unsung hereos of Mobile Clinic, the Grant Writing Committee makes our clinic operations possible by securing major funding. Members apply for intramural and extramural grants that fund all aspects of MCP, including truck upkeep, medications, medical and health supplies, and outreach events such as Homelessness Awareness Week. As they detail the numerous MCP functions in grants, committee members develop extensive knowledge on the overall operations of the organization as well as on how to fund a nonprofit organization. Acquiring funds through written grants and grant hearings, Grant Writing committee members develop to become eloquent writers, articulate public speakers, and passionate advocates.