Teams of volunteer nurses, public health experts, mental health professionals, doctors, housing navigators, and our street medicine coordinator visit people in encampments throughout the city/county at least three times a week. Services provided include access to AHCA, navigation of health care system/needs, basic needs to help with survival, vital checks, wound care, health assessments and more. A Transitional Medical Respite House was opened by HOTEL INC in November 2017 to shelter people convalescing from medical treatment for a minimum of 30 days.
Evidence continues to show that housing and health are inextricably linked. Among homeless and very low-income households, diet-related chronic illnesses, including hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes mellitus, are prevalent and often poorly diagnosed and/or inadequately treated. Additional health risks range from experiencing unintentional injuries, physical and sexual assaults, to a wide range of foot problems. Homeless adults have higher rates of vision impairment (37%), skin/leg/foot problems (36%), and positive tuberculin testing (31%).
To help people with the greatest needs achieve housing stability, affordable housing opportunities must be combined with a tailored package of consistent and effective supportive services, including health care services. By strengthening partnerships among these entities, and setting unified goals and targets, communities can increase the supply of affordable housing, preserve existing units, and ensure access for people exiting or at the greatest risk of homelessness.
The core philosophy of Street Medicine is to create a relationship with those sleeping on the streets that will create the potential for them to live healthier lives. Access to medical care is the core function as well as interventions that promote a healthier life are also integral to this practice. These interventions would include but not limited to, safety, housing, psychiatric, substance abuse treatment, harm reduction and personal fulfillment.
Outreach is the core activity in Street Medicine. Outreach can be achieved in a variety of ways and should overlap so that different sub-populations and needs of the street population are met and adapted to as new needs arise.
Walking rounds are vital in a successful Outreach program. Teams will likely drive a vehicle to a general area then walk to local camps for encounters. The long term result of effective outreach is the mutual desire to seek an improved life for our clients.
When possible, medications should be obtained through the client’s primary care physician or practice with their insurance if applicable. If there is no primary physician or insurance, vouchers from HOTEL INC may be used for the prescribing medication. The Street Medicine program will not cover any controlled substances.
The Street Medicine program assists with connecting the client with medical professionals for preventative and additional care needs. We will help them obtain medical insurance, find a doctor, make appointments and provide transportation when needed.
HOTEL INC also manages limited housing for transitional respite care. Please contact us for details.
For a glimpse of the complexities our homeless population faces, watch this award-winning PBS Close to Home street medicine documentary…
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