Street Medicine

Bringing medical care out of the clinic, and directly to the people who need it most.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

See Disaster Relief for the latest COVID-19 updates.

Our Outreach and Street Medicine teams are literally bringing water and soap to encampments and educating people about protecting themselves and each other. We’ve printed and laminated cards with the info below, and are sharing them with our houseless community. Click images to download pdfs.

Additionally, we are working with community partners to offer pop-up, drive-thru, COVID-19 testing clinics. We will post updates about future clinics on our Facebook page.

What is Street Medicine?

Street Medicine partners medical personnel with homeless outreach workers who seek out people living in homeless encampments. Each mission is led by a doctor, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner, with assistance from other medical staff and homeless outreach workers.

Encounters are structured much like a normal medical visit, including information gathering, physical exam and evaluation, and creation of a treatment plan. Every effort is made to deliver care at the point of contact. To date, this has included wound care and support getting appropriate medication, as well as assistance with establishing a primary care medical home.

Services such as wound care, infection treatment, shots and drug delivery are performed on location, while serious cases may be referred and transported to a hospital.

 

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“Without [HOPE Services], we wouldn’t be where we’re at today...I thank them from the bottom of my heart”

Jamie, HOPE client