We’re continuing to highlight the work of several of our programs following on the heals of Giving Tuesday this week in hopes that you will be inspired to support our work at H-STAT as part of this global day of giving. As a 501(c)3, we rely entirely on donations to meet our annual budget and all of your donations to H-STAT are tax deductible. Donations of any amount are appreciated and help us continue our work to create a healtheir Georgia. Donate today, and learn how else you can get involved at www.hstatga.org.
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The Street Medicine program is a partnership with Mercy Care. Students work alongside Mercy Care physicians to provide basic health and behavioral care to those experiencing homelessness in Atlanta. Street Medicine was started in 2013 and has maintained a strong track-record of building relationships with those living on the streets, overcoming barriers to accessing healthcare, and reducing health emergencies in this vulnerable population. Teams include a peer outreach specialist, one or more clinical providers from Mercy Care, an RN/administrator, and student volunteers from H-STAT.
Street Medicine meets people where they are to reduce barriers to receiving healthcare.
Mercy Care and H-STAT’s Street Medicine partnership equips health students with a unique clinical experience to serve people living on the streets and understand homelessness as an urgent public health concern. H-STAT volunteer students go out with the Mercy Care’s Mobile Medical Unit to serve the homeless of Atlanta year-round: doing basic check-ups, wound care, triage, health management, and outreach.
This Giving Tuesday, we’re highlighting a preventable condition that disproportionately affects individuals who experience homelessness: hypothermia. Because of the extended time spent outdoors, individuals experiencing homelessness are particularly susceptible to hypothermia and other cold-related injuries and death. The risks can be compounded by wet weather, inadequate clothing, and mental health conditions. Organizations that address homelessness often initiate cold weather alerts and targeted programming such as emergency shelters and information campaigns to reduce the risks of hypothermia in this population (Zhang, et al.). If you want to learn more about this important public health risk, please check out these additional references.
The winter months are here, and we need your support! Please donate to help us continue to provide our services to Atlantans living on the streets and to continue this clinical experience for students in the future. Donations of any amount are appreciated.