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Osteopathic Medicine Takes to the Streets

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For some Michigan State University students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, learning extends far beyond the classroom. In fact, many are providing free health care to the homeless in Lansing and Detroit.

Brianne Feldpausch, ’15, founded Spartan Street Medicine while she was an osteopathic medical student at MSU.

Along with the supervision of a registered physician or nurse practitioner, students in Spartan Street Medicine and Detroit Street Care explore Lansing and Detroit looking to help those in need. Students serve people experiencing homelessness by bringing health care to the streets and shelters of Ingham and Wayne Counties. The program takes a holistic approach to medical care, not only offering medical treatment and follow up, but also hygiene items and other daily necessities and resources like health education.

This year on Give Green Day, Osteopathic Medicine’s project focuses on Street Medicine, raising funds for the programs that are making a difference in the community outside of MSU.

Osteopathic Medicine is not the only college focusing on health care. The College of Education’s Give Green Day project is aiming to grow the Kinesiology Scholars Fund, which will help students launch a career dedicated to improving health and well-being. The College of Nursing is raising funds for the Amy L. King Memorial Endowment for Mental Health Education, which focuses on psych mental health education, across all degrees.

For more on these projects and others to support on Give Green Day, head to givingday.msu.edu.

Author: Liam Boylan-Pett