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Street Medicine

Resources to aid clinicians, staff and students involved in taking health resources and services to local unhoused and vulnerable populations.

Welcome to the Street Medicine Guide

This collection of resources supports the information needs of USC clinical faculty and students who work to bring "street medicine", or inclusion health, to vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness or the ability to access the health care continuum. See also the following LibGuides:

Equity Based Primary Care Rotation in Street Medicine Reading List

We are so excited for your upcoming Equity Based Primary Care rotation in Street Medicine. This rotation is part of the USE PeaCE (Underserved Equity Based Primary Care Education) project. We have been preparing our ‘sister sites’ to take students for the last year. Because it is grant related and a special area of focus for the program, there are a few additional supports and activities related to your time.

Preparation and More Information about Street Medicine

  1. HOUSED BEDS - this is an intake tool that we use, and update, for patients to help us better understand their reality and access to the basics like bathrooms, food, water etc. 
  2. Understanding Encampments - this is a great read to familiarize yourself with the world of encampments, and encampment clearing strategies.
  3. Measure H and Prop HHH - Please check out this link to watch a 4 minute video that explained H and HHH funding, and what it is used for. The explosion of street outreach teams is largely due to this funding source! (Chapter 5, episode 3). If you have the time/interest, scroll to the top of the page and brows the other chapters that give some great explanations of the landscape of homeless services in LA.
  4. Read: Applying the Gelberg-Andersen Behavioral Model for Vulnerable Populations to Health Services Utilization in Homeless Women
  5. TEDTalks- More important that what we do on the street, is how we do it. These two talks will help you better understand the values and philosophy of Street Medicine. (Brett Feldman and Jim Withers) Each are about 18 minutes long.
  6. Invisible People – Required viewing Los Angeles. Recommened but not Required Oakland, Bakersfield, Redding.

- the USC Street Medicine Project Team

USC Street Medicine Team News