Street medicine brings healthcare to Miami’s homeless

Street medicine brings healthcare to Miami’s homeless

“Rose!” Shouts rang out and hands waved as nurse Rose Anderson piloted the Camillus House van alongside a couple of dozen people camping on a sidewalk by a vacant lot. Among them: Danny Dessassau, who has seizures; Danny Walkerow, recovering from eye trauma, and Lisa Flowers, who left her family for the third time because, she said, “Apparently, I’m schizophrenic.”

Each week, new arrivals show up at homeless encampments like this one in Miami-Dade County, displaced from homes by a breakup with a boyfriend, a lost job or a bipolar mood swing that prompted a spontaneous bus trip. And each week, Anderson goes in search of them with the Camillus health team.

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