Street Medicine Program

Our mission in action

group photo of members taking part in the Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Street Medicine Program

The Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Street Medicine team lives our hospital’s mission every day. We take preventative and urgent care medicine to our most vulnerable community members; our community’s homeless population. Our remarkable multi-disciplinary team treats patients for medical issues such as diabetes, infections and acute wound care, as well as performs general health checks and provides health education.

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Benefits

Adventist Health staff member taking the blood pressure of a smiling elderly womanThe benefits of the Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Street Medicine program are not only to the individuals we serve, but to the greater community as well. Without this program, many of our homeless community members report that they would either visit the emergency room for non-urgent problems, or not seek medical care at all. Using the ER as a primary care option is not only costly for the hospital, but it also takes away from the number of beds that are open for patients with actual emergencies. If a patient does not seek medical attention, it can exacerbate treatable medical problems and risks turning what could have been an easy treatment, into a life-threatening condition.

Outcomes

members of the Adventist Health Street Medicine Program at Ukiah Valley preparing supplies in backpacks

This program has taken on a life of its own over the past couple of years. Our homeless community members have begun to place trust in our providers and share their lives. We have seen incredible success stories as patients find stable homes and restore their physical and mental health. Former patients have even turned into our advocates. Our team brings hope to what many perceive as a bleak situation. We are so proud of the Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Street Medicine program.

Learn more about the program

For information about the Street Medicine Program at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, please contact:

Joel Soinila, Program Manager
(707) 463-7418
soiniljv@ah.org

Classroom Without Walls

The Classroom Without Walls program offers a unique, compassionate and fulfilling learning experience for pre-health and medical students and family medicine residents. The site is currently under construction but will contain educational and operational information about the program. Please check back with us soon!