Providing Health Care to Homeless Children Topic of Free Public Lecture, Oct. 29

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. – Randy Christensen, MD, MPH, has dedicated his life to caring for society’s often-abused, unloved children who live on the streets without access to health care. 

Dr. Christensen will discuss, “Ask Me Why I Hurt and Other Tales from the Street,” at a free public lecture at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Part of the Flinn Foundation Buffmire Lecture series, the talk will be held in the Forum of the Health Sciences Innovation Building, 1670 E. Drachman St. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP at

Dr. Christensen is founder of the Crews’n Healthmobile, a mobile medical unit that delivers free medical care and outreach services to thousands of at-risk infants, children and teens in Phoenix. He will discuss the joys and struggles of establishing the mobile health van while raising a family with his wife, Amy, who also is a pediatrician. Dr. Christensen will share some of his personal experiences of working on the streets and offer advice on making compassionate connections between physicians and patients, keeping emotionally and physically balanced and leaving a legacy.

Prior to his work with underserved communities, Dr. Christensen began his medical career at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) in 1999. He served as division chief of pediatric and adolescent medicine at PCH. He also was the chief medical officer for Nevada Health Centers, as well as a trustee for Vitalyst Health Foundation.

Dr. Christensen is president and founder of Randal Christensen Consulting, which helps foundations, hospitals and nonprofits build impactful and sustainable programs.

For individuals unable to attend the Oct. 29 event, Dr. Christensen will present the same lecture in Phoenix at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the Health Sciences Education Building, 435 N. Fifth St. Individuals interested in attending are asked to RSVP here.

About the Flinn Foundation Buffmire Lecture series

Initiated in 1997, the Flinn Foundation Buffmire Lecture series continues the Flinn Foundation’s commitment to bring to Arizona leading practitioners and thinkers in the medical field. The lectureship offers physicians, students and community members opportunities to hear from distinguished leaders in the field of medicine and medical education. In 2008, the annual lecture was expanded to a bi-annual event and includes presentations at both the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

The lectureship is named for the late Donald K. Buffmire, MD, in recognition of his distinguished career as a medical practitioner in Arizona and his leadership role with the Flinn Foundation in supporting the UA Colleges of Medicine. Dr. Buffmire, who died in July 2008 at age 85, served on the board of the Flinn Foundation for 36 years, from 1965 to 2001, including 14 years as its chair.

The Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed organization that awards grants to non-profit organizations in Arizona, primarily to improve the competitiveness of the state’s biomedical research enterprise.

About the UA College of Medicine – Tucson
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is shaping the future of medicine through state-of-the-art medical education programs, groundbreaking research and advancements in patient care in Arizona and beyond. Founded in 1967, the college boasts more than 52 years of innovation, ranking among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care. Through the university's partnership with Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, the college is leading the way in academic medicine. For more information, please visit

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