Helping the homeless is not for the faint of heart; there are numerous roadblocks: fiscal, physical, psychological and bureaucratic. There is no quick fix, but it must be a priority for our community.
That is why in March 2016 WellSpace Health launched the Street Nurse program, funded by Sutter Health. A registered nurse provides medical care, offers counseling and crisis support, is a liaison to other services, and is confidante, driver and much more to the homeless near Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. Her pioneering work is designed to break down mistrust.
We believe in this pilot effort so much that we just expanded the program from one nurse to two. It may be the most visible part of our shared commitment to reduce homelessness, but we have a broader initiative to address the issue, working with Sacramento Steps Forward.
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