The Interprofessional Street Outreach Program (ISTOP)

The Interprofessional Street Outreach Program (ISTOP) is a student-run organization through the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center (AHC). We provide basic health care, information, and supplies to poor and underserved populations throughout the Twin Cities.

The level of care we can provide includes:
  • Basic wound care
  • Antibiotics for simple infections
  • Screening for hypertension and diabetes
  • Answering questions about whether an illness needs to be seen in the ER or can wait to be seen in a free or sliding-scale clinic
In addition, we aim to connect our patients with appropriate health coverage. A couple of our sites are purely didactic: from diabetes education to smoking cessation, nutrition to sexual health and more, we strive for informed, self-advocating health care consumers.

ISTOP seeks to educate students in the AHC on the unique challenges facing the poor and underserved, both in terms of their health and the health care they receive.  As ISTOP involves students from all areas of the AHC - medical, pharmacy, physical therapy - it is a valuable opportunity for students to work collaboratively in an interprofessional environment - an experience that will improve the care of our future patients.  One of ISTOP's missions is to identify those in need of aid beyond our scope, and to provide encouragement, information, and referrals toward appropriate care - whether that be in the realm of medicine, social services, or elsewhere.

ISTOP visits sites on Mondays and Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings. Please see the "Site Locations" page for information on specific hours and locations.

If you are a physician and would like to volunteer your time, please contact us at ISTOPleadership@gmail.com, or see the "Preceptors" page for more information. Your assistance is invaluable, and highly appreciated.

Click here to donate to ISTOP. Thank you for your generosity!

Here is a link to an article about ISTOP in Metro Doctors Magazine http://issuu.com/metrodoctors/docs/jan_feb2014/17?e=1689571/6213301

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