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You pass them everyday without even knowing it — hidden by expressway embankments or tucked under an overpass — homeless people.
Their life is unimaginably difficult but even more so with medical problems. To reach the unreached, volunteer doctors and nurse practitioners visit shelters and search in places one wouldn’t expect.
Local 4’s Dr. Frank McGeorge went on the street to show us how this caring group gets out of the comfort zone to help people forgotten by most.
For more information on the group of doctors go to StreetMedicineDetroit.org.
By: Paul Gil, DWW-SBSM Communications Student Team Leader
Bundled up in my sweatshirt and peacoat, I walk down Newbury Street in a small group of Doctors Without Walls volunteers. It is 6:45 in the morning and the sidewalks are already alive with the hustle and bustle of the city. Colossal towers watch over us as we make our way through their streets and each gust of wind reminds me that I was spoiled growing up in one of the world’s most accommodating climates. This isn’t Santa Barbara anymore.
Despite the frigid air, I couldn’t be happier to be making this morning trek. We are at the 9th Annual International Street Medicine Symposium in Boston, and before the conference convenes for its Saturday session, I, along with Zoe Teton, Sean Nguyen, and Kelly Pineda, have the opportunity to pick the brains of three inspirational street medicine minds.
By: Zoe Teton, DWW Communications Intern
This fall, Santa Barbara Street Medicine volunteers were thrilled to participate in the 9th Annual International Street Medicine Symposium (ISMS) held in beautiful, historic Boston. For three days, 150 symposium newcomers and veterans from around the world shared inspiring exchanges of best practices for providing medical care to the impoverished of their communities.
Physician’s assistant Ryan Smith runs Heritage Health’s new school-based mobile medical clinic, a rolling clinic that primarily serves rural areas of Kootenai County. A developer of Heritage’s “street medicine” program, Smith brought with him an intuitive understanding of the importance of taking health care out to the community as well as providing in-center care. He’s passionate, practical and savvy beyond his years.
As a kid, what did you think you’d be doing when you grew up?
My first choice was professional ice hockey. I’d played junior hockey for many years and I still play center for a men’s hockey league.
There’s a long and winding road separating hockey players and physician assistants. How did you get where you are today?
When I was in school at NIC (North Idaho College), I worked as a student athletic trainer. Since my background was sports medicine, I started thinking then that maybe I’d be a physical therapist.
LONDON — London is famed for its historic sites, its double-decker buses and its West End shows, but the city now has a more dubious distinction: Britain’s public health agency says it has become the tuberculosis capital of Western Europe.
In response, health officials are taking to the streets in an effort to stop the spread of the infectious lung disease. A high-tech white van equipped with an X-ray machine is driving around London offering free check-ups.
Similar vans were once common in Europe and the U.S. in the 1950s but most disappeared about two decades later when TB rates dropped. But in recent years, the disease has surged in the U.K.
Last year, London had about 3,500 TB cases — more than the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece and Norway combined. It also had more TB than some African countries, including Eritrea and Gambia.
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NEW PORT RICHEY —
Local leaders say they obtained valuable advice while attending an international symposium in Salt Lake City that will benefit Pasco County’s mobile medical care unit.
Commissioner Pat Mulieri, who paid her own way to the September meeting in Utah, met Jim Withers, the Pittsburgh physician regarded as the “father of street medicine” programs for homeless people.
“He is truly my hero,” Mulieri said. “He was the catalyst for (the Pasco) program. He has been working with street people since 1992. His enthusiasm, caring and dedication has not wavered.”
Shanna Shea, a case manager for the Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender’s Office, is helping coordinate the mobile medical van from the West Pasco Government Center.
“I think the most impressive part in Salt Lake City … is the collaboration of agencies,” Shea said. Three agencies there had applied together for a grant. The trio of groups coordinates referrals of clients.