Touro University Student Gives Back to Community

Vallejo News, April 20, 2012 (Issue 21)
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Though Joy Dugan is nearing graduation, her involvement with Touro University's Student Run Health Clinic has not waivered.  Dugan, a graduate student of Physician Assistant Studies and Public Health, was a student leader in the initial opening of the Student Run Health Clinic back in October of 2010. Dugan initially wanted to pick a place that was in need of their services, a place that had no medical offices or health clinics already near it. South Vallejo was deemed the spot that had limited access to health care and was close to public transportation.  Dugan, along with students from the Osteopathic Medicine and Pharmacy colleges, worked with the Greater Vallejo Recreation District to secure space in the Norman King Community Center.

Dugan has spent the remainder  of her time at Touro on the research side of the clinic, investigating the overall satisfaction of the patients, the academic benefits for the students, and the quality of care patients receive from the clinic. Though the clinic offers physical exams, medication management, blood pressure screening, patient education and osteopathic manipulative treatments, Dugan said she hopes the clinic will continue expanding services and outreach. 

The target population for the clinic is the non-insured or under-insured patient, but Dugan said that the clinic treats anyone who comes in. In the four hour span the clinic is open on Thursdays, she said they see usually between eight and 15 patients.

"It is rewarding for students to practice what they are learning in a real life environment," Dugan said. "We see a mutual benefit within the community. Patients can receive quality health care at no charge and students can practice real hands-on situations."

The Touro University Student Run Health Clinic is open from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays at the Norman C. King Community Center at 545 Magazine Street.

Touro Students in Clinic