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Implementation of a Wound Care Clinic to Serve Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in Fort Smith, AR

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Project Location/Site: Fort Smith Wound Care Clinic, Fort Smith, AR
Key Outcomes:
The Fort Smith Wound Care Clinic is a student-led project started by ARCOM medical students in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The project was inspired by a local surgeon, who observed an increased hospital readmission rate for wound infection among individuals experiencing homelessness. Lack of transportation, deprivation of basic survival needs, and the lack of shelter can all contribute to low patient compliance and poor health outcomes. The Fort Smith Wound Care Clinic hopes to collaborate with local community projects and leaders to further increase compliance in wound prevention and management while assisting patients by further combating possible barriers to their quality of health.