Mobile Health Clinic Helps Waianae Homeless

Carrie Marshall
Carrie Marshall

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Homeless people on the westside of Oahu will soon receive more health care.

University of Hawaii medical students will begin traveling To Waianae, thanks to a new mobile clinic.

Once a week, they'll visit the Waianae Transitional Shelter.

"I'm really excited," said Carrie Marshall, medical student.

They already provide a free clinic at the nearby Kakaako shelter once a week.

"So it's great to know that now we're able to expand our reach and meet more people that have health needs out on the Waianae coast," she said.

They expect to treat kids and adults with a variety of needs.

"Often with kids we see things like ear infections, colds, flus, that kind of thing. In adults people will need treatment for infections and then we have patients with a lot of chronic health care needs," she said.

She says helping the homeless enables them to put their training to practice. It also gives them a chance to give back to the community.

"It makes me feel like this is the reason why I went into medicine," said Marshall.

City officials are helping by donating the vehicle, which used to be a handi-van.

The Ifuku Family Foundation is also lending a hand by contributing $5,000 to the project.