Field hand-washing stations for Detroit
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Detroit was in the early stages of the pandemic in April when Street Medicine Detroit, a Wayne State University School of Medicine student-led organization, committed to serving the city’s homeless and vulnerable populations by building six field hand-washing stations and placing them near soup kitchens and in homeless encampments throughout the city. The stations allow those who live on the streets to clean and sanitize their hands if they don’t have access to a sink or bathroom.
Months later, more than 14 of these stations, including two robust portable sinks, exist in Detroit, Troy and Rochester. The stations are in neighborhoods like Nardin Park, home of Auntie Na’s Village; outside Sikh gurdwaras; and in parks. A map of the locations is available here. Constructing more of these stations and expanding access to hand-washing can help to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Dr. Teena Chopra, M.D., a professor of Medicine and an Infectious Diseases specialist, has become a champion for this cause through the Infectious Diseases Interest Group of the WSU School of Medicine, for which she is the faculty advisor. Dr. Chopra has connected with a WSU engineer who is developing a sensor that would measure how much each station is used.
Multiple groups came together to assemble, distribute and maintain these handwashing stations: Street Medicine Detroit, MSU's Detroit Street Cares, The Blessing Basket, Love Beyond Walls, Pani and Simran Global. The initial station construction supplies were donated by Home Depot, and Target made a one-time donation of soap and sanitizing supplies.
Gifts made through this WarriorFunder will be stewarded by the WSU School of Medicine.