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Street Medicine Phoenix

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Help provide quality healthcare for Phoenix's homeless population

About Us

Street Medicine Phoenix (SMP) is a student-driven interprofessional health care and social justice team coordinated by the Zuckerman College of Public Health that brings together students and faculty from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Mayo Clinic, Midwestern University, and Creighton University.​ We provide health care and other needed services to individuals experiencing homelessness directly where they are, whether in shelters, encampments, or on the streets. SMP utilizes a biopsychosocial, trauma-informed model of care, meaning each individual's well-being is holistically addressed in the context of their specific goals and needs. Our student volunteers and preceptors provide this goal-negotiated, person-centered care to ensure that each individual experiencing homelessness obtains what they need to improve their overall quality of life. Learn more at Street Medicine Phoenix's official website.

 Street Medicine Phoenix in action

Street Medicine Phoenix in action

Street Medicine Phoenix in action

Our Mission

Our mission is to meet the unmet needs of Phoenix's homeless population living and sleeping on the streets.

Our Vision

Our vision is to walk side-by-side with and advocate for individuals experiencing homelessness in Phoenix as they strive to overcome personal obstacles and societal stigmas in the pursuit of well-being, happiness, and a home.

Our Services

  • Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Hemoglobin A1c Screening
  • Physical Health Assessment (heart, lungs, etc.)
  • Acute Medical Care (wound care, foot care, etc.)
  • Hepatitis A, Flu, & COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Narcan distribution
  • Vision Screening & RX Glasses
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Mental Health Screening
  • Health and Hygiene Education
  • Medication Reconciliation
  • Functions and Movements Assessment
  • Assistance with ADLs (Activities of Daily Living)
  • Social Determinants of Health Assessment
  • Referrals to Federally Qualified Health Centers and Other Community Resources
  • HIV & Hep-C Screening
  • And More…

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Graphic chart for Goods and Services Provided

*Data last updated June 21, 2022

News & Events

News Story

Next-Generation Providers Bringing Health Care to the Streets: “It’s my job to listen.”

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News Story

Students Start Street Medicine Phoenix

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News Story

State Organization Helps to Vaccinate Arizona Homeless Population

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News Story

Street medicine: Bringing health care to Phoenix’s unsheltered homeless

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Meet the Team

Jeffery Hanna, MPH, MSc -- Co-Founder

Jeffery Hanna, MPH, MSc
Co-Founder

Prior to co-founding Street Medicine Phoenix, Jeffery worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator for The University of Arizona Primary Prevention Mobile Health Unit at the College of Public Health in Phoenix, where he worked on improving the delivery of care for underserved Hispanic/Latino communities across Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal County, including the Southern border working in collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide vaccine clinics for Mexican nationals. Jeffery earned a Master of Public Health at the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in 2017. He also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Translational Science at The University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix in 2019. Jeffery maintained a passion to serve the underserved while working at the UA Primary Prevention Mobile Health Unit; however, seeing and learning from the struggles of the many individuals experiencing homelessness prompted him to co-found Street Medicine Phoenix. With a strong focus on interprofessional development within and across academic, local/state government, and non-profit agencies across the U.S., Street Medicine Phoenix is uniquely positioned to strive to meet the unmet needs for individuals experiencing homelessness. Jeffery is passionate about combining social justice, medicine, and interprofessional collaboration to provide compassionate care to the community. Currently, Jeffery is starting his first year at Northern Arizona University in the Physician Assistant program and plans to work with underserved communities as a healthcare provider and advocate.

Justin Zeien, MD, MPH -- Co-Founder

Justin Zeien, MD, MPH, PGY-2
Co-Founder

Dr. Justin Zeien is a 1st year anesthesiology resident at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and a Captain in the United States Army Medical Corps. Dr. Zeien earned a Master of Public Health at the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. He then attended The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix where he co-founded Street Medicine Phoenix as a 1st year medical student in 2017. As a Phoenix native, his passion for street medicine stems from witnessing the rise in Phoenix’s homeless population and wanting to do more to help his community. He was inspired to develop Street Medicine Phoenix with Jeffery Hanna after learning about other street medicine programs nationwide. Dr. Zeien believes that Street Medicine Phoenix’s greatest service is making the marginalized and often forgotten feel heard and valued.

Robert Fauer, MD -- Medical Director

Robert Fauer, MD
Medical Director

Robert Fauer, MD, graduated from the University of California-Davis School of Medicine in 1982, and has practiced family medicine in Phoenix for the past 40 years. During his medical and undergraduate training, Dr. Fauer worked with underprivileged patients, and when the Occupy Movement re-kindled his concern for this population, he began to give support to services for the unsheltered. During the pandemic he met members of Street Medicine Phoenix at rallies during the summer of 2020 and joined SMP the following winter. He enjoys working with the bright, energetic professional and pre-professional student volunteers, and hopes that SMP will inspire others see the struggles of those experiencing homelessness and work to provide care for this marginalized population. He is honored to serve as medical director for SMP.

Catherine Miller -- Program Director

Catherine Miller, BS in Public Health
Health Education and Promotion Professional I
Street Medicine Phoenix Lead

Catherine graduated from the Zuckerman College of Public Health in 2022 and is currently the Lead for Street Medicine Phoenix, where she works to fulfill the vision of the organization by advocating for and improving delivery of care for individuals experiencing homelessness. Catherine is also a Health Education and Promotion Professional with The University of Arizona Primary Prevention Mobile Health Unit at the College of Public Health in Phoenix, where she provides preventive health screenings and referrals to underserved and underinsured Hispanic/Latino communities throughout Maricopa County.

Recent Publications

Publications

  • Zeien J, Hanna J, Yee S, De Castro A, Puracan J, Ervin B, Kang P, Harrell S, Hartmark-Hill J. Education without walls: Using a street medicine program to provide real-world interprofessional learning. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2022 Jan;11:1-9. 
    https://doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2021.2016663
  • Zeien J, Hanna J, Puracan J, Yee S, De Castro A, Ervin B, Kang P, Harrell S, Hartmark-Hill J. Improving health professionals’ and learners’ attitudes towards homeless individuals through street-based outreach. Health Education Journal. 2021 Aug;80(8):961-973.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/00178969211037362

Oral Presentations

  • Surendra L, Smith J, McLelland M, Hanna J, Zeien J. (2022 Sept 24). A 12-discipline Interprofessional Model of Street Medicine. 18th Annual International Street Medicine Symposium, Toronto, Canada.
  • Zeien J, Hartmark-Hill J. (2021 Mar 10). Needs Assessment of the Unsheltered Homeless Population in Phoenix, AZ. 11th Annual Student Research Symposium for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix (Virtual).
  • Zeien J, Hanna J. (2020 Feb 21). Street Medicine Phoenix: Meeting Vulnerable Patients Where They Are At. Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute T.H.I.N.K. Academy, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Poster Presentations

  • Surendra L, Barlow K, Yang M, Poyorena C, McLelland M. (2022 Sept. 23). Saving Lives on the Streets: Narcan Distribution and Education Initiative for Phoenix’s Homeless Population. 18th Annual International Street Medicine Symposium, Toronto, Canada.
  • Nelson S, Yang M, Surendra L, Barlow K. (2022 Sept. 23). Promoting Autonomy: COVID-19 Rapid Test Kit Distribution Initiative Amongst Phoenix’s Unsheltered Population. 18th Annual International Street Medicine Symposium, Toronto, Canada.
  • Barlow K, Surendra L, Yang M. (2022 Sept. 23). REDCapⓇ Logic and Survey Implementation to Effectively Collect Data on the Streets for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness. 18th Annual International Street Medicine Symposium, Toronto, Canada.
  • Surendra L, Barlow K, Yang M, Poyorena C, McLelland M, Hanna J, Zeien J. (2022 Apr 01). Narcan Distribution and Education Initiative for Phoenix’s Homeless Population. University of Arizona Public Health Poster Forum, Tucson, Arizona. 
    – Third place award in Community Engagement category.
  • Yee S, Das E, De Castro A, Hanna J, Zeien J, Hartmark-Hill J. (2021 Oct 23). Use of the Plenoptika QuickSee to Fulfill the Vision Needs of Phoenix’s Homeless Population. International Street Medicine Symposium XVII (Virtual).
  • De Castro A, Yee S, Hanna J, Zeien J, Hartmark-Hill J. (2021 Oct 22). Utilizing Street Medicine as an Avenue for Administering the J&J COVID-19 Vaccine. International Street Medicine Symposium XVII (Virtual).
  • Zeien J, Hanna J, Puracan J, Yee S, De Castro A, Hartmark-Hill J. (2020 Oct 17). Utilizing REDCap® as an Electronic Health Record on the Streets. International Street Medicine Symposium XVI (Virtual).
  • Hanna J, Zeien J, Puracan J, Yee S, De Castro A, Hartmark-Hill J. (2020 Oct 17). The Benefits of Volunteering in a Street Medicine Program. International Street Medicine Symposium XVI (Virtual).
  • Zeien J, Hanna J, Kaur M, Puracan J, Hartmark-Hill J. (2019 Oct 21). Needs Assessment of the Unsheltered Homeless Population in Phoenix, Arizona. International Street Medicine Symposium XV, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Zeien J, Hanna J, Kaur M, Puracan J, Hartmark-Hill J. (2019 Oct 10). Addressing Health Disparities through Interprofessionalism in Street Medicine Phoenix. 6th Annual Arizona Health Equity Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Zeien J, Hanna J, Rosales C, Hartmark-Hill J. (2018 Oct 11). Needs Assessment of the Unsheltered Homeless Population in Phoenix, Arizona. 5th Annual Arizona Health Equity Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Zeien J, Hanna J, Rosales C, Hartmark-Hill J. (2018 Oct 03). Needs Assessment of the Unsheltered Homeless Population in Phoenix, Arizona. Arizona Public Health Association 2018 Fall Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Zeien J, Hanna J, Rosales C, Hartmark-Hill J. (2018 Apr 18). Street Medicine Phoenix – Providing Interprofessional Education on Phoenix’s Streets. University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix 2018 Scholarly Teaching Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Zeien J, Hanna J, Rosales C, Hartmark-Hill J. (2018 Apr 11). Street Medicine Phoenix – Caring for Phoenix’s Homeless Population. Arizona Public Health Association 2018 Spring Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Zeien J, Hanna J, Rosales C, Hartmark-Hill J. (2018 Apr 06). Street Medicine Phoenix – Caring for Phoenix’s Homeless Population. University of Arizona Public Health Poster Forum, Tucson, Arizona.

We Thank All Our Donors and Sponsors

Molina Cares
Maricopa County Public Health
Bombas
Arizona Dept. of Health Services
PlenOptika
Women 4 Women Tempe
End Overdose
Arizona Family Health Partnership

Contact Us

For more information about Street Medicine Phoenix or to get involved, please email Catherine Miller at:

catherinemiller@email.arizona.edu.

Monica Torres
Administrative Associate III
The University of Arizona
College of Public Health Phoenix

550 E. Van Buren Street, Building 1, 3rd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85006

(602) 827-2319
info@streetmedphx.org

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