Street Outreach 2019
SFSU School of Nursing is partnering with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation-Syringe Access Services (SFAF-SAS). Our goal is to improve the health of people who use drugs by providing judgement-free care. Target health issues include harm reduction, hypertension, diabetes, and wound assessment.
Volunteers must complete a mandatory online training prior to their first volunteer event. This online training takes several hours to complete and includes: an Orientation to SAS Mobile Outreach, a training by Dr. Barry Zevin about Understanding Drug Use in SF, an Overdose Prevention Training (Narcan), and a Wound Assessment training. The last item, a video on Verbal De-Escalation of the Agitated Patient, must be completed before the second event.
Once you complete items 1 through 4b in the online training, email [email protected] to receive directions to register with SFAF. You must complete items 1-4b of the online training prior to your first event. Item 5 (video: Verbal De-escalation of the Agitated Patient) must be completed prior to the second event. Other required skills include:
Perform health screenings (blood pressure with provided automatic blood pressure cuff and blood glucose with glucometer).
Exercise wound assessment skills (do NOT treat without a license) by evaluating wounds and recommending self care, a clinic visit, or an immediate trip to the ED (refer to the online orientation for wound assessment training).
Practice the principles of harm reduction by educating participants and providing them with information about local resources (the SAS harm reduction approach skills will be provided by the outreach team, onsite).
Times and Locations
Please arrive 15 minutes early to introduce yourselves to the staff and orient yourself to available supplies.
Thursdays @ 7:00pm-9:00pm, Hemlock Street (between Polk and Van Ness)
Fridays @ 7:00pm-9:00pm, 16th and Mission (look for mobile outreach van and/or supply tables to determine which corner)
Students who sign up to attend street outreach must commit to 4 consecutive Thursdays/Fridays. For example, if you sign up for Thursday October 3rd you must also attend events on October 10th, 17th, and 24th. Level 1 students need to be paired to a higher level student.
Students will join SFAF at their mobile outreach sites.
First session: Students will receive an orientation to site and harm reduction services, and shadow the SAS team. Students will rotate through each of the stations at the mobile site, learning about harm reduction supplies, distribution, and gaining the trust of participants, staff, and volunteers.
Second, third, and fourth sessions: Students may offer health screening and education services. Always ASK participants if they are interested in screenings, and ASK if you can provide health education or local resources. Remember, we are guests in their space.
Attire and Supplies:
SFSU Nursing badge, street clothes, and closed toed shoes. Please bring your stethoscope, a pen, a notebook, and the Outreach Kit. One nursing student from each site will need to coordinate with Larry Vitale to obtain the kit from him at SFSU or CSM. You will hold on to the kit for 4 weeks, re-stocking as needed and hand off to the next round of volunteers.
ABSN Community Health Co-Director Melissa Ausanka-Crues: (310) 902-4768
ABSN Community Health Co-Director Amanda Huang: (510) 326-4256
Professor Larry Vitale (415) 786-8658
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