Posted: April 14, 2015

Interprofessional Student-Run Free Clinic for the Homeless


The University of South Alabama Student-Run Free Clinic (SRFC) opened its doors March 29th, 2014 in Mobile, Alabama at 15Place, a homeless day shelter in downtown Mobile, Alabama. The clinic serves clients weekly by offering health and wellness screens, resource referrals, and health education. Students are made up of 9 different professional groups and work together in interprofessional teams to complete vital signs, medication reconciliation, physical examination, history gathering, and motivational interviewing. This paper describes the development of the SRFC from conception to implementation and how IPE has remained one of its core values and functions as a working model today. Successful practices, unintended consequences, and epic fails will be discussed. Practical information related to student training, logistics, and faculty oversight will be presented in order to assist in the development of other interprofessional SRFCs that are committed to collaborative care and limiting healthcare disparities in their respective communities.


Interprofessional, Population Health, Health Equity Research, Public Health Sciences, IPEC Spring 2015, Student-Run Free Clinic


Alison B. Rudd, EdD, MSN, RN, University of South Alabama

Clista Clanton, MSLS, University of South Alabama

Susan LeDoux, PhD, University of South Alabama

Margaret Moore-Nadler, DNP, RN, University of South Alabama

Carol Motley, MD, University of South Alabama