Closing the Loop: Strategies and Key Approaches to Initiate, Evaluate, and Expand Student-Run Free Clinics
The Health Outreach Program (HOP) at Drexel University College of Medicine consistently provides nonjudgmental health services to nearly one thousand individuals annually who have limited or no access to care in the greater Philadelphia community. As one of the largest student-run health outreach organizations in the country, HOP runs health education programs, community outreach events, and six student-run free clinics. This reflective and strategy-focused perspective was written by former board chairs of HOP. Serving in an executive role provides unique insight and opportunities for growth that we hope will benefit other student-run clinics. These strategies and approaches will provide transferable ideas to conduct a needs assessment, subsequent program development, and recommendations for organizational structure that may be used at student-run free clinics around the country and across the globe.