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Serving Those in Need

Through three free community-based clinics, staffed by UCSD medical and pharmacy students and other volunteers, UCSD provides much needed care to those who cannot afford it. More than 20,000 visits have been recorded over the past 10 years at these clinics, while the outreach team has treated countless more at shelters and mobile clinics, such as our Teen Outreach Mobile Medical Van for homeless youth.

Teen Outreach Mobile Medical Van for homeless youthStudents from UCSD’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences provide free immunizations and screenings at these clinics and other locations throughout the county. UCSD also donates healthcare and social services through the Health and Faith Alliance, St. Vincent de Paul, and the YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, among other agencies.

A UCSD Shiley Eye Center program called 4sight4children provides medical care, lodging and transportation to children and infants born with serious eye diseases from all parts of the world whose families lack the financial resources to pay for urgently needed eye surgeries.

Because early detection is a vital component of successful treatment, UCSD medical students and faculty provide free screenings and educational programs for a variety of conditions, including diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease and hypertension. Outreach efforts encompass the community at large as well as targeted populations such as Asians, Hispanics, senior citizens, and recently arrived refugees. UCSD’s Shiley Eye Center provides mobile vision screenings for low-income children through the EyeMobile for Children project. This effort reaches out to local preschools and nursery schools to identify children with poor vision and provide them with glasses as they begin their classroom education.