In Philadelphia it is estimated that over 12,000 people experience homelessness annually, and up to 500 individuals live on the street on any given day.1
Project HOME coordinates the City of Philadelphia’s outreach effort aimed at forming relationships with unsheltered individuals, identifying their barriers to entering permanent supportive housing and assisting them in overcoming these barriers.
Having identified this population’s need for medical services, in 2007 faculty in Jefferson Family Medicine Associates (JFMA) reached out to Project HOME and extended an ongoing community-academic partnership.
Since then Family Medicine residents and students have been traveling with the outreach team, meeting people identified by Project HOME as having an acute medical need. The medical street outreach program sees over 150 patient visits annually and is organized and operated entirely by residents in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Recommended CitationHemba, MD, Kenneth E.; Simon, BS, Rebecca; and Weinstein, MD, Lara Carson, "JFMA Street Outreach: A Resident-Run Street Medicine Program A retrospective chart review examining the needs of a vulnerable population and services provided" (2013). Department of Family & Community Medicine Presentations and Grand Rounds. Paper 16.