Effective July 1, 2020, the Street Medicine Program and seven community clinics at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street transitioned to a new organization called Valley Health Partners Community Health Center (VHP), a nonprofit organization closely aligned with Lehigh Valley Health Network. For more information about the services provided and to book an appointment, please visit ValleyHealthPartners.org.
VHP Street Medicine program has a fundamental belief that's at the core of this health care outreach: All people matter. This program is designed to deliver primary and urgent care to homeless people in the Lehigh Valley wherever they are – in shelters, soup kitchens, under bridges or in the woods.
All care provided by VHP Street Medicine, including medications, laboratory tests and diagnostic studies, is free.
The VHP Street Medicine team works on the belief that everybody matters. This belief leads to a care model focused on delivering care wherever homeless people feel comfortable. On a scheduled rotation, care is provided at seven designated soup kitchen locations and homeless shelters. The clinical team also treats those who remain unsheltered, including those who encamp under bridges and in the woods.
Additionally, VHP Street Medicine receives inpatient consults at all Lehigh Valley-area hospital locations, on the units and in emergency rooms. Inpatient consults serve to create a relationship between the patient and Street Medicine and facilitate a follow up and/or clinic visit as needed.
What is the goal?
To provide basic primary care to people experiencing homelessness, wherever they are. Their success depends on delivering this care in a compassionate manner, where the patients feel cared for. Ultimately, this relationship helps patients’ conditions improve – mentally and physically.
Who is eligible for Street Medicine services?
Anyone in the Lehigh Valley experiencing homelessness.
Who can join Street Medicine?
Any medical resident, clinical practice or community organization.
Ho’onani (Nani) Cuadrado, MSPAS, PA-C, Director