MEPN Students Staff “Stand Down”

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“Aside from the torrential downpour and lightning, Stand Down was incredible event” stated Diana Appleby, second year MEPN student. “We saw many patients with hypo- and hyperglycemia, diabetic foot problems, non-healing wounds, COPD, cellulitis, depression, PTSD, and skin rashes.  Alcohol and drugs are not allowed at Stand Down so there were many veterans present who  were going through withdrawal.”

For those of you who are not aware, Stand Down provides many much needed services for the homeless vets of San Diego.  There were numerous VA Physicians, RNs, NPs, Nursing Students, and Paramedics, performing medical assessments.  There was an optometry tent where eye exams were performed and glasses distributed. There was a counseling tent for psychiatric evaluation.  Dentists did cleanings and tooth extractions and there was a podiatry tent for foot problems.  The pharmacy filled hundreds of prescriptions and the lab performed various blood tests including screenings for HIV and Hep. C.

IMG_9705An alternative medicine area incorporating acupuncture and massage treatments was also available Homeless vets received clothes, food, books, community referral and answered questions about employment and other VA benefits.IMG_9521

Lastly, there was a mini “court” set up with lawyers and judges who provided assistance regarding minor traffic offenses and other minor infractions.

What a terrific opportunity for MEPN students to see Public Health in action . Many thanks to Professors Lisa Arnold and Peggy Mata for accompanying and mentoring the MEPNs  at Stand Down.IMG_3118Photos courtesy of MEPN students, Diana Appleby &  Kayla Dennis.

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2 Responses to MEPN Students Staff “Stand Down”

  1. Sophie Hutchins says:

    Great write up Kathy!

    From: MEPN Program <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: MEPN Program <comment+zaionoddims-2wrvhmxycs@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 9:19 PM To: Susie Hutchins <shutchins@sandiego.edu> Subject: [New post] MEPN Students Staff “Stand Down”

    kathymarsh posted: ” “Aside from the torrential downpour and lightning, Stand Down was incredible event” stated Diana Appleby, second year MEPN student. “We saw many patients with hypo- and hyperglycemia, diabetic foot problems, non-healing wounds, COPD, cellulitis, depre”

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  2. Hezekiah O Neal says:

    This is awesome! I want to do this in the future!

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