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Students for Social Responsibility

The Students for Social Responsibility (SSR) is a student run organization open to all students within the SUNY Downstate community. It is the only organization committed solely to community service activities. SSR promotes healthcare, reduction of violence, and education within the Brooklyn Community. Major activities include visits to homeless shelter clinics, health education programs, and a high-school anti-violence program. Please join us for lunch/dinner meetings with your ideas; leadership positions are available. SSR is open to all SUNY Downstate students.

Some activities sponsored by SSR include: Bond Street Drop-In Center Foot Clinic: here is a unique opportunity for health profession students and non-students alike, to help their community while gaining valuable clinical exposure. SSR operates a weekly foot clinic at the Bond Street Drop-In Center, a shelter run by the Salvation Army in downtown Brooklyn. Under the supervision of Family Practice faculty, participants directly provide basic foot care to the clients of the shelter. Attention to the primary care needs of this population augments this central mission; the foot offers an opportunity to examine greater systemic problems, such as, diabetes, gout, and hypertension. Past participants have hailed the project as a great way of developing skills related to patient interaction and providing meaningful medical care to an under served population.

Brooklyn's Women's Shelter Education: this is an opportunity for students to develop public speaking and teaching skills. The shelter is a large temporary housing facility devoted to women in need of more structured social and medical services. It houses recovering substance abusers, survivors of domestic violence, and clients on psychiatric medicines. Each week, students begin a discussion on a variety of health-related topics of interest to the homeless, as well as, issues more specific to women. Past talks have included discussions about substance abuse, nutrition, and being a single mother. Educational and practical materials are frequently distributed.

High School Anti-Violence Program: the mission of this program is to educate local high school students about aggression, its manifestation as violence, and suggest alternatives to armed or physical force. It is an opportunity for the student to learn about violence, issues that school students in the city must face, and effective intervention strategies. Group discussions and free distribution of materials are aspects of the program that have been successful in the past.

Urban Health Initiative: this program was created to help improve the ability of students to provide health care to an inner city population. The goals are to develop familiarity with and respect for communities and special populations, with whom students will work during their clinical training.