Aim: Making the work of MACH OneHealth Street Health Teams and MACH OneHealth Care Connection Teams possible: meeting unsheltered and insecurely housed people of Madison where they live, and responding to their health needs with direct care and advocacy services
Domain: Managing MSMI staff and volunteer activities relating to Street Health Team rounds and Care Connections efforts. This includes:
Our medically trained volunteers provide direct medical care, social support, and care coordination to people experiencing homelessness during weekly street rounds on Thursday evenings from 5 – 8pm. Volunteers also provide care virtually through a telemedicine program at The Beacon on Tuesday afternoons from 1 – 3pm. Times and locations for all upcoming MSMI services can be found on our Calendar.
Street Health Teams include a medical provider (physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant), a nurse, a mental health professional, and a team manager. We wear green glowing lights to be readily identified from a distance and are often accompanied by experienced outreach workers from partner organizations.
We connect with people on our rounds, say hello, check on their well-being, and offer a limited scope of direct clinical care as well as assistance in addressing barriers to traditional health services. We also generally carry some health/hygiene items such as clean socks and seasonally-appropriate preventative items such as sunscreen, bug-spray, or hand/foot-warmers for anyone in need. Not only do these items help people stay healthy, they also offer an invaluable opportunity for us to connect with them and begin to establish trust. Our teams work to promote connections with social service agencies so that people can access housing and other critical services. Our organizational value of OneHealth teaches us that all aspects of well-being are connected!
Our teams are guided by a fundamental respect for people’s privacy, choices, and how they move in the world. We take a non-judgmental stance and we seek to always provide trauma-informed care.