Global is local this summer for Audrey Boyles, the Melinda Kellner Brock Public Health Nursing Scholar who will travel to California to work with the volunteer initiative Doctors Without Walls-Santa Barbara Street Medicine.
DWW-SBSM, created by three doctors in 2005, is part of an international street medicine movement aimed at providing free medical care to vulnerable populations. The nonprofit serves Santa Barbara’s homeless by setting up clinics in parks in the evenings, and deploying teams of doctors on street rounds. Boyles will be assisting in SBSM’s mobile clinics plus the women’s clinic held twice a month. Her work with the group will span June and July 2012, during which time she will conduct research on smoking habits in homeless populations.
The Melinda Kellner Brock Public Health Nursing Scholarship was endowed in 2010 by Eunice M. Brock in memory of her daughter, Melinda. The scholarship was established to assist students who demonstrate a passion for public health nursing, while honoring Melinda’s legacy of care for the underserved.