July 24, 2019

Aug. 18 run supports Frank Clinic and Street Medicine

The Robert R. Frank Student-Run Free Clinic and Street Medicine Detroit invite runners to explore the grounds of historic Fort Wayne during their annual 5K race Aug. 18. Proceeds from the event support the work of both organizations, which provide health care for Detroit's underserved community.

The event will begin with registration and check-in at 8 a.m. in the Visitor's Center at Fort Wayne. The run will begin at 9 a.m. Runners may register in advance here. Registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt. There will also be a tin-can raffle the day of and prizes for the top finishers.

If you are unable to run in the event but would like to donate to support the organizations, donations are being accepted via PayPal (tinyurl.com/rrf-srfc) or via Venmo (@SRFC-WSUSOM with the comment "5K Donation").

The Robert R. Frank Student-Run Free Clinic offers quality primary and preventive care to uninsured patients in Detroit. The clinic also provides learning opportunities to WSU's medical students, educating and preparing them to provide top-tier care as future physicians. The clinic has been offering free primary care, medications, laboratory services and social work to patients since 2010.

The clinic is entirely supported by donations and fundraisers, with 100 percent of funds raised going to patient care and operational costs. Every $1 donated allows the clinic to provide $4 of health care.

Street Medicine Detroit's mission is to ensure access to quality medical care for Detroit's unreached homeless population by bringing the clinic directly to patients. The chapter is run by Wayne State medical students partnering with local social service organizations to provide weekly outreach at shelters and on the street. Street Medicine Detroit is committed to a multidisciplinary approach to medicine in which patients are offered preventive and primary care, and access to local housing and health resources.