About Us

We are a group of volunteers made up of doctors, nurses, outreach workers, formerly homeless, and others who bring medical outreach to the unsheltered homeless of New Orleans.

Our development received tremendous help from many other dedicated individuals in the city including those working with NOPD, NOEMS, Unity, LSU, and Tulane.

We are part of Luke's House Clinic, a free clinic founded after Hurricaine Katrina to provide care to the people of Greater New Orleans.

What is street medicine?

Street medicine brings medical workers to where the unsheltered homeless sleep. It recognizes that those who do not have couches to crash on or shelters to stay in are at higher chances of all vulnerabilities - substance abuse, chronic illness, mental illness, disability and death.1

We work as a stepping stone within the safety net of New Orleans services for these who are difficult to reach. By meeting the unsheltered in their environment, we hope to establish rapport then address both immediate and future health needs through evaluation, treatment, and referral to primary and specialty care.

Street Medicine New Orleans is modeled after the Pittsburgh program that has inspired many others, Operation Safety Net. In addition to OSN, additional information about street medicine can be found on the website of the Street Medicine Institute.

1 e.g. Donley, A.M., Wright, J.D. (2012). Safer Outside: A Qualitative Exploration of Homeless People's Resistance to Homeless Shelters. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 12, 288-306.

Our mission is to bring medical care and case management to the unsheltered homeless while helping them transition to primary care and housing.

What We Do

Thanks to our relationship with other New Orleans organizations, we are able to identify vulnerable patients, bring medical outreach to the streets of New Orleans, and along the way provide supplies like water and connections to other area resources. In addition, we promote bringing medical students and residents in training to learn from the unsheltered homeless and understand their struggles when outside of the healthcare environment.

We work closely with our community partners to assist in housing and placement, coordinate with area hospitals, and support initiatives such as HIV/hepatitis C testing, wound care for IV drug users, naloxone to combat the opioid epidemic, and pathway for patients with HIV.

In the News

Lipinski, J. 'Street medicine' brings health care to New Orleans' homeless. The Times-Picayune, December 1st, 2016.

Borderlon, C. Going to the streets. Clarion Herald, 2016.

Hu, B. New Orleans medical students hit the street to care for the homeless. The New Orleans Advocate, November 6th, 2016

Contact Us

Let us know if there is someone you're concerned about or if you'd like to help. You can reach us at hello@streetmedicineneworleans.org. We'd love to hear from you!

Street Medicine New Orleans | Last updated October 2017