Loyola Street Medicine
Founded in 2020, Loyola Street Medicine is dedicated to providing medical care and social outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness. Comprised of an interdisciplinary team of faculty, residents, medical and nursing students, MSMP students, and public health personnel, Loyola Street Medicine's major objectives are to:
- Address the unique problems of the homeless through a psychosocial model of care;
- Improve access to quality health care for the homeless population through street and shelter-based care;
- Engage patients with primary and preventive care, link patients to local resources, and provide follow-up care with the ultimate goal of connecting patients to a permanent medical home;
- Promote health literacy, healthy lifestyles, and community wellness;
- Break down stigmas by promoting positive dialogue between people experiencing homelessness and the medical community;
- Create a valuable interdisciplinary, experiential learning, and community engagement opportunity for students and faculty across all disciplines.
Loyola Street Medicine collaborates with the other Chicago-area street medicine teams, such as The Night Ministry, and partners with Housing Forward, a local non-profit that has been involved in transitioning individuals from housing crisis to housing stability since 1992.
Notable accomplishments in Loyola Street Medicine's inaugural year included:
- Fundraising and grant awards of over $10,000 (including a $5,000 award from the Proviso Township Mental Health Commission);
- Completion of 900+ Covid screening phone calls and delivery of 300+ meals;
- Re-establishing the Monday evening medical clinic at the Write Inn;
- Organization of a free flu shot clinic;
- Provision of back-to-school physicals and vaccinations in collaboration with the Pediatric Mobile Health Unit;
- Implementation of monthly virtual educational programming sessions;
- Provision of bi-weekly hotel visits and street outreach.
For more information:
- Visit Loyola Street Medicine Website;
- Read the 2020 Year-in-Review Newsletter;
- View 2021 CUGH Loyola Street Medicine Poster Presentations.