Street Medicine: It May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered

07.18.2012 by KCPW

(KCPW News)  People experiencing chronic street homelessness suffer a massively disproportionate burden of poor health; in the US, they die nearly thirty years earlier than their peers, usually from preventable and treatable chronic conditions.

Drs. Jim Withers and Pat Perri, leaders of the Street Medicine Institute, say the service of resource-poor individuals is an opportunity to expose the very health care delivery weaknesses that put us all at risk for poor care and high costs, and street medicine strategies could serve as a model to promote healing for patients, providers, and the health care system as a whole.

Sponsored by the Fourth Street Clinic, Withers and Perri delivered a lecture, Street Medicine: It May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered at the Salt Lake City Main Library on July 17, 2012.  Listen to a podcast of the event here