by Marilyn Huerta
The Student Health Care Project is a community health clinic that was founded in 2011 for undergraduate and graduate students, from the School of Nursing at Cal State San Marcos to provide FREE medical services to low-income, underinsured and uninsured residents living throughout San Diego County.
Licensed medical professionals and nursing faculty volunteer each week at the clinics to supervise students as they provide services to approximately 75 child and adult patients weekly. Medical services range anywhere from researching free prescriptions for their patients to health screenings, giving vaccines, providing medical treatments, referring mental health services, providing hygiene care items, laboratory services, assisting with social services or case management, providing sexual and reproductive health information, providing chronic disease management or helping patients to apply for MediCal or other health benefits.
Currently, there are four student-run clinics but the Foundry Clinic located in Escondido is the largest. All the clinics are located in churches that donate space. The other clinics are located in Normal Heights or Ocean Beach.
Mary Baker, a family nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist in Advanced Public Health, instructor for the School of Nursing and the Director of Student Healthcare Projects, shares that each clinic has its own “vibe or culture”, meaning there are is a unique blend of patients at each location. Some locations have more Spanish speakers and others have more unsheltered individuals or refugees.
Under the direction of faculty and medical professions, the student nurses are learning first-hand what it takes to provide health care to underserved populations and that it involves a lot of research, practice, patience, and dedication. The beauty about the Student Healthcare Project is that it not only supports higher education in the medical field but it also is a gift to the community.
North County Clinic
Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1249 E. Ohio Avenue (map)
Escondido, CA 92027
San Diego County Clinics
OB1 Clinic in Ocean Beach
Wednesdays from Noon to 4 p.m.
4790 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107 (map)
at First Baptist Church of Ocean Beach
ECC Clinic in Ocean Beach
Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
2083 Sunset Cliff Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107 (map)
at Episcopal Church Center
CMC Clinic in Normal Heights
Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
3295 Meade Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116 (map)
Supporting the Clinics
Free services are provided due to generous support from donors and grants provided by Kaiser Permanente San Diego Community Benefit Grants Program and San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization.
Learn more about how you can support these free clinics by visiting “Giving and Support.”
The mission of the Student Healthcare Project is to provide high quality, community-based, client-centered, free healthcare utilizing the trans-disciplinary approach with healthcare professionals, faculty, students and community members. We are focused on serving the working poor, and under/uninsured residents of San Diego County in a respectful and compassionate manner.