Student-run, free clinics serve the community

by Karen Burbach, UNMC strategic communications | June 03, 2021

Image with caption: The UNMC SHARING clinics are a series of student-run free clinics that aim to serve the Omaha community.

The UNMC SHARING clinics are a series of student-run free clinics that aim to serve the Omaha community.

The UNMC SHARING clinics are a series of student-run free clinics that aim to serve the Omaha community while also providing valuable educational opportunities for students affiliated with Nebraska Medicine. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the SHARING Clinics worked virtually using telemedicine to continue to serve patients in the community. Early this spring most of the SHARING clinics reopened to the public for in-person clinical services.

"The SHARING clinics are always searching for new patients and appreciate any physician, provider or community advocate who is willing to recommend our services to eligible patients," said William Hay, MD, SHARING Clinic medical director. "With your help we can bring better, more accessible care to all of Omaha."

Learn more about each of the SHARING clinics.

SHARING Clinic

The SHARING Clinic focuses on providing long-term all-encompassing health care for the underprivileged populations of Omaha. The clinic currently operates out of the third floor Family Medicine Clinic at the Nebraska Medicine Durham Outpatient Center. The clinic is open every Tuesday night from 5:30-7 p.m. While at SHARING clinic, patients are able receive a wide variety of services ranging from basic primary care to more specialized care such as physical therapy, medical nutrition and psychiatric services. SHARING clinic is free to any patient with no insurance and who's annual household income is below 138% of the 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines. Call (402) 559-7200 with questions or to schedule an appointment.

RESPECT Clinic

RESPECT is a free and anonymous clinic that focuses on STI testing and treatment, HIV testing and follow-up STI counseling. This clinic is open to the public, meaning anyone can attend. RESPECT clinic operates out of the fifth floor Internal Medicine - Primary Care Clinic at the Durham Outpatient Center. The clinic is open for appointment or to walk-ins from 5:30-7 p.m. every Monday evening. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call (402) 559-4015.

VISION Clinic

The VISION Clinic provides annual diabetic eye exams for the patients of SHARING Clinic. The VISION Clinic schedule is variable as it is tailored to patient availabilities, but typically it is open on the fourth Friday of every month from 1-3 p.m. The clinic is held at the Truhlsen Eye Institute. Potential patients or providers interested in learning more about the VISION Clinic or in scheduling an appointment can call (402) 559-2020.

GOODLIFE Clinic

The GOODLIFE Clinic, which specializes in treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus, is set to reopen this summer. The clinic offers education to patients facing a new diabetes diagnosis while also providing counseling to patients who have had a difficult time adapting to the rigorous lifestyle changes required to manage diabetes. Monitor the SHARING Clinics website for updates on the reopening of the GOODLIFE Clinic.

Learn more about the clinics and the services provided and/or how to get involved.

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