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HEALTH Program

Helping Educate and Link the Homeless

The Helping Educate and Link the Homeless (HEALTH) program serves as a bridge for those individuals who are uninsured, unemployed or disconnected from medical and other community services. 

It provides a direct case management program for homeless patients with significant health care needs, and links patients with primary care services and community resources, provides education about medical conditions, respite care following an illness or surgery and coordinates follow up patient care plans.  The HEALTH Program offers these services at locations throughout our community, adhering to the street medicine model that has always been the core of the program.

Gifts to support the HEALTH program play a vital role in providing medical care, educational materials and respite care for those recovering from illness and surgery in our community.   In 2017 because of donor support,  the HEALTH program was able to provide 185 days of respite care to 17 homeless individuals in our community.  

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