Future physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other students from the UNM Health Sciences Center are working to help meet healthcare needs of the homeless. The student-run Health Care Resource Center at the Albuquerque Opportunity Center opens Tuesday Oct. 15, starting with an open house from 3-5 p.m. The Albuquerque Opportunity Center, 715 Candelaria NE, is a shelter for people experiencing homelessness.
In addition to medical, nursing and pharmacy students, physical therapy and occupation therapy students will also be among the volunteers helping shelter residents on their path out of homelessness, by addressing their healthcare needs. For example, residents can be screened for high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic conditions.
At Tuesday's open house, UNM sciences students and physicians will be available to answer questions about the resource center, and the kind of services they will provide.