Will Health Care Providers Continue Homeless Camp Services Post Pandemic?

Although street medicine is not new to the Los Angeles area, COVID-19 marked the first time the LA County Department of Health Services deployed its team of health care professionals to homeless encampments. The program is funded through the end of this year and uses money tied to COVID-19 relief, but the public health department hopes it won’t end with the pandemic. Research shows the mortality rate for people experiencing homelessness is nearly 10 times higher than the broader population, so the department would like the program to continue so it can provide non-COVID-19 related health care services. “These guys are lifesavers,” said Lisa Massey, who has lived along La Canada Verde Creek for three years.

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