2018-19 HOMES Leadership Team
Homes Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Harish Eswaran - BCM
Hello, I’m Harish Eswaran and I’m a fourth-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine. I grew up in Houston and graduated from Duke University. I was drawn to HOMES early in medical school because of its emphasis on sustainability—the consistent, weekly commitment to serving the most vulnerable Houstonians and the ability to link patients to health and social services beyond a single clinic visit. In addition to volunteering at HOMES, in my free time I’m a college basketball fan and play violin with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra.
Associate Directors of Operations (email@example.com)
James Jurica - BCM
Sid Venkataraman - UTH
My name is Sid Venkataraman and I am a third-year medical student at UT Houston. HOMES allows students to give back to the community by providing free healthcare to an underserved population, while practicing their clinical skills. I distinctly remember the very first patient who I saw at HOMES clinic. Hearing her inspiring life stories and how grateful she was that we were able to provide her medical care inspired me to become more involved with HOMES. After that experience, I began going to the HOMES lecture series, where I got a better understanding of what it is like to be homeless and the needs of the homeless community. As the UTH representative, I hope to get as many incoming medical students involved with HOMES as possible and introduce them to wonderful speakers who can provide insight as to how we can help Houston’s homeless.
Associate Directors of Managers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hi I'm Sri, and I'm a 3rd year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which has two cities in the top 10 for rates of homelessness, I have been passionate about serving and working with the homeless for quite some time now. By introducing medical student volunteers to a unique patient population, the HOMES clinic offers profound insight into the broad range of human experience. The people we serve at the HOMES clinic and their narratives should challenge our preconceived notions of the homeless, call us to serve with compassion, remind us of the importance of social determinants of health, and rethink how we organize our society.
Associate Directors of Projects
My name is Jennifer Bush and I am a 3rd year medical student at McGovern Medical School and I will be the McGovern Associate Director of Projects for 2018-2019. I have been involved with the HOMES Clinic and Street Outreach since beginning medical school and am excited to be a part of the leadership board again this year! Studying global health in college taught me that the concept of "global health" can be expanded to any aspect of community-based medicine, both in the United States and abroad. I am interested in learning more about the homeless community in Houston, and how I, as a future physician, can positively impact the vulnerable populations of Houston. Since volunteering, I have been able to learn first-hand how the social and community environment impact the health of individuals. I hope to carry this knowledge and my future experiences at HOMES and Street Outreach with me as I embark on my clinical career.
Mahdi Agha - BCM
My name is Mahdi Agha, and I am a fourth-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine. I initially became involved with HOMES Clinic during my first year of medical school and immediately fell in love with it. As a clinical volunteer, I found that I was part of an interdisciplinary team that worked to provide essential medications and counseling to patients that otherwise had very few resources available to them. In the following years, I continued to serve as a manager for the clinic and also organized a fundraiser to help support the clinic. Delivering care to our homeless population has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my medical career, and I look forward to serving as an associate director of projects this year
Director of External Communications (email@example.com)
Hello, I'm Ryan, and I'm a 3rd year medical student at McGovern Medical School. I was born and raised in South Korea and came to the States at age 16. Participating in HOMES has been one of the greatest and most memorable experiences in medical school so far, changing my perspective of homelessness as well as allowing me to realize the importance of healthcare as a critical component of social justice. In 2018-19 academic year, I will be serving as Director of External Communications to promote awareness of homelessness in Houston and advertise what HOMES collectively does to improve homeless health.
Baylor College of Medicine Student Representatives
Hi, I am Sarah McGriff, and I am a 2nd year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine. Ever since my medical school interview, I have wanted to get involved with HOMES. My host student spoke so highly of her experiences with both the clinic and street outreach teams that HOMES became the one activity I knew I absolutely had to participate in when I came to medical school. Now having volunteered myself, I am even more grateful to have had the opportunity to meet our patients and hear their stories. Volunteering at HOMES has been the highlight of my medical school career thus far. As a representative for my school, I hope to raise awareness about the unique health care needs of Houston’s homeless community and the different ways for students to volunteer with HOMES.
McGovern Medical School (UTHSC Houston) Student Representatives
Hi, I’m Katherine, and I’m a 2nd year medical student at McGovern Medical School. I knew I wanted to be a part of something that addressed the health disparities that exist in Houston, and HOMES was everything I was looking for and more. Volunteering in the clinic the past year has really opened my eyes to the struggles that the homeless population faces and how closely they result from social determinants of health - hearing the stories of these patients has humbled me and uncovered some hidden biases I didn’t know I previously held. I’m looking forward to working with HOMES this year and, through this experience, hope to become a more compassionate physician in the future.
My name is Preston Baker and I am a 2nd year medical student at McGovern Medical School. I will be one of the McGovern HOMES Representatives for 2018-19. As the first person in my family to attend medical school, I knew very little about physician’s responsibilities to society and the communities they serve. My experiences volunteering with HOMES have been very humbling and influenced my perspective of what it means to be a great physician. Listening to patient’s stories on Sundays and providing them with much needed care always renews my passion for medicine. Outside of school and volunteering I love being outdoors, watching sports, and eating good food.
University of Houston College of Pharmacy Student Representatives
Callie Downs - Senior Representative
My name is Callie Downs and I am a third-year student at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. I am excited to serve as the 2018-2019 UHCOP Junior Representative for HOMES Clinic. HOMES Clinic challenges students from all different backgrounds to work together and find creative solutions. The passion to serve at the clinic is contagious, and it is inspiring to work with such motivated and selfless students. I’m looking forward to continue working with HOMES Clinic this year. When I am not studying, I enjoy traveling, finding new places to eat, and spending time with friends.
Diana Rodriguez - Junior Representative
My name is Diana Rodriguez and I am a second-year pharmacy student at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. I am very fortunate to be able to advocate for pharmacy students at HOMES Clinic as the 2018-2019 Junior Representative. It has truly been a great opportunity to be able to collaborate with the medical students and provide health resources to those that might not otherwise have access to healthcare. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, watching sports, and spending time with my dog.
Special Projects Coordinators
Amy Mullikin - UTH
My name is Amy Mullikin and I am one of the Special Projects Coordinators for this upcoming year. I am a MS2 in the MD/MPH program at McGovern Medical School. I am interested in going into the field of pediatrics and my interests in public health concern health equity and public policy. I am also involved in the TMA/AMA organization as the TMA VP for McGovern’s chapter. I am from Grapevine, Texas and attended UT Austin for my undergrad earning a BSA in Biology. In my spare time I love to explore local theaters, parks as well as new restaurants around Houston. I look forward to a great year!
Anish Patnaik - UTH
My name is Anish Patnaik and I am a third-year medical student at the UTHealth McGovern Medical School. My experiences at the HOMES Clinic has not only humbled me, but shown what quality care and compassion look like. My interactions with this patient population remind me why it is a privilege to be in the medical profession and I'm grateful for every opportunity I have to learn and grow from the Sundays I spend here. I'm excited to try and improve care for the underserved in whatever way possible. In addition to volunteering, I enjoy playing basketball, running, playing the guitar and piano, as well as photography and hiking.
Project C.U.R.E. Representative
Alyssa Thomason - BCM
I’m Alyssa Thomason – 4th year BCM student and HOMES Clinic’s liaison to Project C.U.R.E. – a global humanitarian relief organization that delivers donated medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics in over 130 countries. I’ve been volunteering with Project C.U.R.E. since 2014, and I’ve done everything from coordinate volunteering events to loading containers of supplies to sorting medical equipment, and even traveling to Ghana to promote the clinics we supply.
I love working in the Houston Project C.U.R.E. warehouse because you meet a wide variety of volunteers including students, retirees, medical professionals, and engineers. Everyone’s unique backgrounds and enthusiasm help us creatively solve problems with getting our surplus, donated supplies where they’re most needed.
Our partnership with HOMES is an exciting way to connect passionate volunteers from around the TMC with unique opportunities to make an impact in caring for the underserved around the world! Contact me with questions about getting more involved in Project C.U.R.E. through volunteering, leadership, and global trips. You can also visit projectcure.org for more information.