About Us

Our History

After several years of planning and attempts to open a free clinic in Duluth several University of Minnesota Medical School and Pharmacy School Duluth students opened the HOPE Clinic in October of 2008.

Our Providers

HOPE Clinic is a free, student-run clinic that was founded and is operated by students from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus and the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Duluth Campus. In this way, patients without health care have the opportunity to make the HOPE Clinic a first step towards integrating themselves into the local health care system.

HOPE Clinic is staffed by medical and pharmacy student volunteers that are under the supervision of licensed physicians and pharmacists. The HOPE Clinic Executive Board is composed of seven student members and two faculty advisors that meet weekly to keep the clinic running smoothly. Each week, one of the seven student board members also acts as the clinic coordinator during the clinic hours every Tuesday.

Through the clinic, volunteers become aware of the needs of the uninsured, have the opportunity to develop inter-professional relationships across disciplines of medicine, practice interviewing and physical exam skills, and help patients with medication reviews and medication education under the direction of physician and pharmacist mentors to promote health and improve the quality of life for patients.

Current Board Members
  • Clinical Director: Anna Ayers Looby looby006@d.umn.edu The Clinical Director leads weekly morning meetings, schedules clinic volunteers throughout the year, manages the BlackBag site, oversees projects, and is the contact person for RAL students regarding HOPE Clinic questions and concerns. The Clinical Director also takes initiative in organizing the application process for new board members.
  • Operations Director: Michael Burgdorf burgd009@d.umn.edu The Operations Director develops the agenda for weekly morning meetings, and is responsible for communicating with board members about the agenda and weekly clinic synopses prior to meetings. The Operations Director also makes the final call for clinic cancellations and produces an annual report.
  • Financial Manager: Katrina Christian chri3052@d.umn.eduThe Financial Manager purchases inventory and supplies as needed for clinic operations and communicates with University staff concerning clinic finances.
  • Community Liaison: Nathan Bjerke bjerk127@umn.eduThe Community Liaison is responsible for recruiting volunteers at the beginning of each semester, scheduling volunteers, and organizing communications between Clinic Board members and CHUM Center staff.
  • Research and Education Officer:
    The Research and Education Officer coordinates and shares clinic research projects among clinic volunteers. The Research and Education Offer should be well-versed in resources available through the Academic Health Center, coordinate orientations and training for volunteers, and work with Faculty Directors and the IRB to ensure that clinic practices meet requirements for human subjects protection and other ethical considerations.
  • Public Relations: Julia Rumley rumle013@d.umn.eduThe Public Relations Director updates the clinic website and maintains social media communications. The Public Relations Director may also assist the Community Liaison in marketing clinic opportunities to students and brainstorming public health events to engage the community in public health improvement efforts.
  • Lab and Inventory Director: Wen Qu quxxx099@d.umn.eduThe Lab and Inventory Director is in charge of assessing, organizing, and maintaining clinic inventory. The Lab and Inventory Director is also responsible for calibrating health assessment tools (A1C test) and communicating shortages or expiration of supplies to board members.
  • Clinic Registrar:
    The Clinic Registrar writes weekly meeting minutes for the clinic board and organizes team drive files as well as clinic patient files to ensure that board members may easily access information regarding research, training, and finances.
Faculty Directors
  • Dr. Christensen
  • Dr. Stratton

About Us

Hours: 3:00 to 5:00 PM Tuesdays

Location: CHUM Center
N. 1st Ave. W
Duluth, MN 55802
Walk in's encouraged. We do not take appointments.

Phone: 218-740-2478
Note: Clinic phone is only active when the clinic is open.

You can contact us anytime via email at: hope@d.umn.edu

Wish List/Ongoing Donations

HOPE clinic is lucky to recieve many donations throughout the year but the following items are always helpful:
  • Toothpaste
  • Chapstick
  • Toothbrushes
  • Tampons and feminine hygiene products
  • Deodorant
  • Bath Soap
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • NSAIDs and Tylenol
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Cough Drops
  • Dental Floss
  • Socks
  • Hand Sanitizer


Working at HOPE helps me to understand how important it is to just simply listen to your patient.

U of MN Duluth Medical Student

HOPE Clinic made everything we're doing in the classroom much more real and applicable for me.

U of MN Duluth Pharmacy Student

The HOPE clinic made lunch for everybody at the shelter. It was good! I felt special. I hope they do it again.

CHUM resident

Our Partners

Maurices U of MN Duluth Pharmacy U of MN Duluth Medical School Chum Duluth Family Medicine Clinic Lake Superior Community Health Center