A Mobile Health Clinic Manned by Med Students Hits the Streets of Illinois
Although he’s still in school to become a doctor, Grant Reed didn’t wait for a diploma to begin helping his community to heal. As a student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, Grant created the Illini Medical Screening Society (IMSS). IMSS is a student-run mobile health clinic that provides free medical screening service to the underserved and uninsured residents of Champaign County.
A large segment of Grant’s community has limited access to healthcare services. Fortunately, since the creation of IMSS, over 250 individuals lacking healthcare coverage have been tested for hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol and subsequently referred to local free medical clinics for further treatment.
Grant Reed was instrumental to this organization’s creation, the solicitation of funding, the recruitment of his peers to assist the cause, and the creation of a training program. Grant has brought together community health organizations, public health departments, and university student organizations for a common goal. Since the creation of IMSS, Grant has scheduled and supervised eighteen free-screening events in five cities throughout Champaign County. He plans to continue with eight events for an estimated 150 individuals per academic semester.
This past May, Grant graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular & Cellular Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. But his service will continue on. He plans to become a physician serving a rural or underserved community and he intends to serve future patients with the same care and dedication he has demonstrated through the founding of the Illini Medical Screening Society.