December 2013 Newsletter from DWW-SBSM

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WednesdayDecember 18th
Doctors Without Walls-
Santa Barbara Street Medicine
The Word On The Street December


Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.

- Nelson Mandela

On behalf of the communications team at Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine (DWW-SBSM), we would like to thank you for reading this issue of The Word on the Street. This is our newsletter designed to keep volunteers and our Santa Barbara community informed and educated about our organization and issues related to the Santa Barbara homeless community. It gives us the opportunity to hear stories from our volunteers who take time out of their busy days to meet the highest need patients in our community and to hearing stories from the people we serve.

Jodi House

By: Lia Manfredi

Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center works with individuals who have experiences a stroke, aneurysm or traumatic brain injury.  Jodi House has been providing critical supportive services for brain injury survivors and their families since 1982.

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A Tale of Three Cities

By: Paul Gill
DWW Communications Coordinator 

Bundled up in my sweatshirt and peacoat, I walk down Newbury Street in a small group of Doctors Without Walls volunteers. It is 6:45 in the morning and the sidewalks are already alive with the hustle and bustle of the city. Colossal towers watch over us as we make our way through their streets and each gust of wind reminds me that I was spoiled growing up in one of the world’s most accommodating climates. This isn’t Santa Barbara anymore.

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DWW Gets Global at 9th Annual International Street Medicine Symposium

By: Zoe Teton
DWW Communications Intern

This fall, Santa Barbara Street Medicine volunteers were thrilled to participate in the 9th Annual International Street Medicine Symposium (ISMS) held in beautiful, historic Boston. For three days, 150 symposium newcomers and veterans from around the world shared inspiring exchanges of best practices for providing medical care to the impoverished of their communities.

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SHO's Isla Vista Halloween

By: Amanda Cowan
Street Health Outreach Volunteer

As legends tell, Halloween in Isla Vista is a spectacle that brings participants and spectators from near and far.  Thousands of people flock to the roughly 1.9 compacted square miles of the community to participate in, and perhaps to observe, the wild-costume wearing, alcohol drinking, and drug using festivities that occur.

Since 2006, the Santa Barbara Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Doctors Without Walls (DWW-SBSM) have been aiding the community to manage the “disaster” of Halloween by manning a first-aid tent and by helping Halloween participants return home safely.

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Mock Clinic at WFHC

By: Nicole Greenwood
WFHC Coordinator Intern

In order for an All Star team to function successfully, each integral part needs to contribute their very best. Each individual, in their own specialization, bring the separate skills they may have acquired in training and blend together to achieve the ultimate win. This is how the Women’s Free Homeless Clinic functions and wins every clinic Friday at Transition House, on Ortega Street.

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DWW's Annual Progress Report

By: Sean Nguyen
DWW Communications Intern

Come check out our 2012-13 Annual Progress Report! Filled with our most recent clinic data and photos!

Check it out here>>

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