First Inter-professional Student Run Free Clinic to Open Late 2017
Emileigh Canales, MPH is a graduate of the Portland State University Master of Public Health: Health Management and Policy program, where she began early organizing efforts with BCCC student leaders. She is currently serving as a BCCC Co-Chair and grateful for the opportunity to coach a dedicated group of students to make lasting, health transformation efforts in our community. Emileigh currently works as a Quality Specialist & Practice Coach at FamilyCare Health.
Student-run free clinics have a long-standing history of helping meet the health needs of underserved populations while also enriching students’ professional education. With this in mind, students from Portland State University (PSU), Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and Oregon State University (OSU) have joined forces with Transition Projects (TPI) to take student-run free clinics to a new level of interprofessional innovation by launching Bridges Collaborative Care Clinic (BCCC). No other student-run free clinic to date has begun as a truly interprofessional endeavor – although many have developed into interprofessional organizations – making this local effort unique.