SLU’s Health Resource Center Aims to Provide Continuity of Care for Kids
Concerned about continuity of care for pediatric patients at Saint Louis University's
Health Resource Center (HRC), a free clinic operated by medical school students under the guidance of SLU doctors,
student leaders worked to find a solution.
A patient is seen by SLU medical students at the Health Resource Center. Photo by
They found one by shifting the clinic to the Danis Pediatric Center at SSM Health
Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. The location may have changed, but medical students
say the HRC mission remains the same.
"We wanted to make sure we were still connecting patients with valuable resources
and providing an educational experience for med students in their pre-clinical years,"
said Brittany Barley, community outreach coordinator for the HRC and a second-year
Barley said HRC student coordinators noticed a large spike of pediatric patients during
the summer months when the clinic offered physicals needed for participating in school
sports. SLUCare pediatricians assisting at the clinic were concerned about the number
of children lacking a primary care physician.
"This is something that we've been looking into for more than two years," Barley said.
This move allows families to find a medical home within the Danis Pediatric Center.
Concerns were raised about whether transportation would be an issue if the clinic
moved its hours from its location on North Kingshighway to the Danis Center at Cardinal
Glennon. A survey among the patients coming to the HRC found that not to be the case.
"Once we realized that transportation wasn't going to be an issue, it made sense to
move it," Barley said. "We still have our volunteers there to help address resource
needs and it works well to be immersed in the pediatric clinic," Barley said.
The HRC first opened in 1994. First- and second-year medical school students take
patient histories. Third- and fourth-year students conduct physicals, and a volunteer
faculty member reviews all cases, answers questions and prescribes medication.
To help patients meet their basic needs, the HRC employs a social worker who helps
patients tap into community resources; and an insurance navigator who helps patients
apply for Medicaid and get connected with medical homes at federally funded community
health care centers.
In 2017, the HRC began offering clinics run by students training to be physician assistants and nursing students as well
as a monthly geriatric clinic.
The Health Resource Center Cardiology Clinic allows patients who have cardiac conditions
or who are at risk of developing cardiac conditions see a heart specialist at no cost.
The clinic does not accept walk ins. Patients who are interested in the cardiology
clinic should call 314-389-0008. This phone is answered during every Saturday morning
clinic at the Health Resource Center.
The Foot Health Clinic hopes to improve the livelihood of the transient population
in St. Louis by offering basic foot health services. The clinic is offered on specified
Wednesdays at St. Anthony's Food Pantry from 4- 6 p.m. Patients are seen on a first-come,
Held on the first Thursday of each month. Each appointment is approximately two hours
and patients will be seen by medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition,
speech therapy and social work professionals. To schedule an appointment, contact
the SLU Geriatrics Division Office at 314-977-8462.
Physical therapy students in the second and third year of their professional phase
of education treat patients under the supervision of at least one licensed faculty
member. The service is available from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Patients must
have a valid prescription from a doctor and appointment to be seen. For more information,
contact the clinic at email@example.com or 314-534-8822.
SLU Sight is a free vision service offered at the Health Resource Center. It relies
on medical student, optometry student and ophthalmology resident volunteers. A partnership
with Eye Care Charity of Mid-America allows the HRC to provide prescription glasses
free of charge.
The following services are available through SLU Sight:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-389-0008 to schedule appointment.
Patients with questions or who want to schedule an appointment for one of the specialty
clinics may leave a voicemail at 314-389-0008 or email email@example.com. The Jesuit Health Resource Center does not take appointments for its primary care
Saturday morning session; patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
The annual HRC auction is Saturday, Jan. 27. The event accounts for more than 90 percent of the clinic's annual
Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction
of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates
physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health
care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new
cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, liver disease, heart/lung disease,
aging and brain disease, and infectious diseases.