Street Medicine Phoenix (SMP) - Caring for Phoenix's Homeless
About Street Medicine Phoenix
Street Medicine Phoenix is a student-driven interprofessional health care and social justice team consisting of students and faculty from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University. SMP is unique from other street medicine initiatives since the outreach teams consist of a diverse array of interprofessional students (and respective faculty), including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, social work, public health, veterinary and more. Utilizing a biopsychosocial model of care, we aim to improve the health and well-being of Phoenix’s homeless population by holistically addressing each individual’s goals and needs. SMP strives to practice goal-negotiated, person-centered care and help every person experiencing homelessness obtain the essentials needed to improve their overall quality of life.
Our mission is to ensure access to quality healthcare for Phoenix’s homeless population living and sleeping on the streets.
What is Street Medicine?
Street medicine is not only a national movement; it is a global one. The specific nuances of the nature of care for street people may differ from place to place, but all organizations that practice street medicine act on the foundation of relational patient-centered care that focuses on the goals of the individual and works in an environment of respect, dignity, and acceptance.
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1. Apply lecture content into real-world situations
2. Work in an interprofessional team
3. Learn/improve clinical skills
4. Network with students and faculty
5. Gain experience with direct patient interactions
6. Make a difference in the community
Collaborating With Street Medicine Programs Across The United States
Street Medicine Phoenix is currently working with other street medicine initiatives across the United States, such as Street Medicine Detroit located at Wayne State University College of Medicine and Spartan Street Medicine located at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, along with the Street Medicine Institute to develop a curriculum. The goal is to implement this curriculum in graduate health professional programs to equip students from various professions with essential knowledge and training on how to care for vulnerable persons experiencing homelessness using a holistic, person-centered approach.
Interprofessional Student & Faculty Team
- Describe and model an interprofessional patient-centered team-based model of health care
- Identify the impact of psychosocial factors on disease and health care utilization
- Appropriately assess and identify ways to address the health care needs of patients with complex medical conditions utilizing knowledge of the interprofessional team members’ complementary roles and responsibilities, negotiation of common goals and objectives, and knowledge of socioeconomic determinants of health
- Engage with all members of the interprofessional team using effective communication strategies in collective patient-centered problem-solving
- Demonstrate humanistic qualities in interactions with patients including the delivery of socially and ethically responsible care
- Model a person-centered approach to care for vulnerable individuals who are experiencing homelessness
Last Updated 07/01/2019