Staying healthy is a major challenge for people living without proper shelter, most of whom are indigent, have no health insurance and cannot qualify for Medi-Cal for lack of a fixed address. Research shows that getting indigent people into primary care can significantly improve their state of health, improve their chances of overcoming homelessness, and reduce the rate at which they present at hospital emergency rooms with acute illnesses.
Tune in to KZYX Mendocino Works on Tuesday 25 September at 7 p.m. for an exploration of the "Street Medicine" program being developed to help homeless people along the Mendocino coast. The grant-funded program is supported by three local institutions: the Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center, the Mendocino Coast Clinics and the Fort Bragg Rural Health Center, which is a unit of Adventist Health. Our guests will include Linda Jo Stern, facilitator of the Street Medicine program at Adventist Health; Faith Simon, a nurse practitioner at the Fort Bragg Rural Health Center; Lucresha Renteria, executive director of the Coast Clinics; and Ryan Quattlebaum, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley chief financial officer.
We'll review the progress of Street Medicine programs in Ukiah and Fort Bragg, explore their social and economic impact, investigate how these programs are funded, and ask how such approaches can be made sustainable in our rural economy.
That's Mendocino Works in our new time slot: Tuesday 25 September at 7 p.m., on KZYX.