Sutter Health helps launch Street Medicine Team in the Central Valley
MODESTO, Calif. – Sutter Health, along with its affiliated hospitals and medical foundations, continues to implement innovative efforts to address the health care needs of those experiencing homelessness in the Central Valley. The latest efforts include news of an expanding partnership with Golden Valley Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
With the help of a community health investment by Sutter Health, a Street Medicine Team (SMT) — consisting of a licensed vocational nurse and community health workers from Golden Valley — is travelling throughout the Modesto and Los Banos communities to provide essential whole health services.
“The SMT model is based on the Street Nurse program (launched in Sacramento in partnership with WellSpace Health) that has seen positive results and health outcomes,” said Holly Harper, Director of External Affairs for Sutter Health’s Valley Area.
To help ensure a successful launch of this program, the SMT is working with existing homeless outreach and engagement efforts in locations throughout Modesto and Los Banos. The team travels in a health van to serve the homeless in Modesto every Monday through Thursday, and works with the Homeless Hygiene Program, also supported by Sutter Health, in Los Banos on Fridays. The days, times and locations of the SMT will likely evolve as the program develops and grows.
“Golden Valley Health Centers is thankful for Sutter’s commitment to this vulnerable population,” said Kassey Mosher, Executive Director of Golden Valley Health Centers Foundation. “We look forward to building on this partnership as we serve 1,200 homeless patients in Merced and Stanislaus Counties this year.”
This is yet another community health investment by Sutter Health focused on comprehensively supporting the most vulnerable in our communities. Other activities include donations to support community food banks.