Providing healthcare on the street
Our program provides street-based outreach, engagement and care for unsheltered people experiencing homelessness. We aim is to reduce the number of harmful events, such as fatal overdose and infectious diseases, by bringing health services to people who have a hard time accessing healthcare.
What we do
- We know that unhoused people may have had bad experiences with the medical system. To address this, we take time to develop relationships and earn their trust.
- We provide patient-centered care by listening to the needs of the people we serve.
- We outreach with partner teams to form a web of support for the most vulnerable unhoused residents.
- We hold weekly clinics in places like harm reduction sites and drop-in centers.
- We link our patients with the Maria X. Martinez Health Resource Center, which has a no appointment model.
- Urgent care for issues like wounds
- Transitional primary care for preventative health care or chronic conditions
- Testing and treatment for STIs, HIV, Hepatitis C, and COVID
- Psychiatric care for people with severe mental illness or other mental health issues
- Overdose follow-up and linkage to harm reduction services, substance use treatment and medication for addiction treatment, including low-threshold buprenorphine
- Low-threshold palliative care for patients with life threatening conditions who are unable or need support to access traditional palliative/ hospice care
- While working with Street Medicine, patients may be linked to substance use treatment, mental health services, case management or other community services to help them reach their goals.
- People who need extra support to thrive in community may be linked to programs like intensive case management (ICM) or in-home support services (IHSS).
- Once patients reach a certain level of stability, we support them in graduating from our services to traditional primary care.
San Francisco government partners
Integrating the core public health functions of informing, engaging, educating and empowering community.
A collaborative of 11+ City agencies working together to address large encampments and protect health & safety for all
Offering low-barrier urgent care and primary care services for people experiencing homelessness.
SF Fire runs inter-agency teams to improve care for vulnerable populations being routed to emergency services
Engaging & connecting the most vulnerable to shelter, housing + other resources with a goal of stabilizing them
SoMa RISE is a pilot project of SF Public Health and HealthRIGHT 360 serving the SoMa and Tenderloin communities.
A mobile team operating 24/7 that can check on wellness and refer clients to appropriate help.
- Medical Director: Dr. Barry Zevin
- Nurse Manager: Joel Parker
Types of patient engagement we provide
Referrals & Focused Outreach