Among the activities that are part of Wellness Outside Walls at Elica Health Centers is our Street Medicine program, which is part of an emerging collaboration of health care professionals, outreach workers, and others that has been happening globally since the early 1990s.
The practice of street medicine is defined as those health care and related services that are delivered directly to persons sleeping on the streets, along river banks, and in abandoned buildings in and around urban/suburban areas.
Initiated in 2014, Elica’s program includes partnering with shelter programs to provide health services for their clients and conducting weekly street rounds in Sacramento and West Sacramento, where teams, lead by Abram Nunn, PA, and Matthew Gibson, MD, engage with individuals on their own turf and terms. During these weekly street rounds, team members deal with a variety of medical, behavioral health and other related issues, and perform tasks ranging from the distribution of personal hygiene products to treating patients with severe chest pains. A great deal of time and effort is also expended
on finding wrap around services, providing care coordination and case management for those with chronic or more serious conditions.
For more information, you can visit the Wellness Without Walls Facebook page, where you can read about the activities of our backpack medical teams and gain insight into the challenges and rewards associated with this very special type of medical practice.