SMI Program Collaborations Around the World

The map below depicts most of the cities throughout the world where Street Medicine Institute leaders have engaged in collaborative efforts toward the development and improvement of Street Medicine Programs.  Dots for Programs who have become Members of the Street Medicine Institute reveal the Program Name, City and website when you roll over them.  To become a Program Member, click here.

 

Introducing Street Medicine Institute Membership

The Street Medicine Institute is pleased to announce that you can now become a Member!  Join us to enjoy such benefits as

  • access to advice from experts in the field of Street Medicine
  • private discussion circles on topics of special interest
  • reduced registration fee for our annual International Street Medicine Symposium
  • Member Directory, and more! 

Benefits we expect to add within the near future include a regular Blog by our Founder, Dr. Jim Withers (and, perhaps, some of his colleagues), a Street Medicine Newsletter, and more. 

Individual or Program Membership?

We are offering both!  Individual memberships are free and include all of the benefits listed.  Consider registering your Street Medicine Program as a Program Member for a reasonable optional donation.  Additional benefits of Program Membership include: 

  • listing in and access to our Street Medicine Program Directory
  • the ability to quickly and more easily register multiple members of your team for events
  • posting of news stories about your program on our website
  • highlighting of professional publications by your program's team on the SMI website
  • participation in private discussion circles focused specifically on issues relevant to your unique program status; and, soon, 
  • identification on our interactive map of Street Medicine Programs around the world! 
 

 

Join Now - It's Free!

FIRST EVER STREET MEDICINE CLINICAL GUIDELINES PUBLISHED

The Street Medicine Institute is proud to announce that the first set of Street Medicine Clinical Guidelines is now available (click on our Resources tab)!  

Street Medicine represents the intersection where evidence-based medicine and reality-based medicine meet.  It is the first essential step in obtaining the necessary levels of medical, mental health, and social care; and, it's the conduit for assertive, coordinated, and collaborative care management in general.  Street Medicine, then, is best viewed as a form of intermediate "home" care, with the aim of transitioning patients to a comprehensive, longitudinal primary-care relationship.  Therefore, the care that we, as providers of Street Medicine, deliver to our patients must be of the highest possible quality, aligned as far as possible with traditional standards of care.

Our new quick reference tool for providers of Street Medicine was created specifically to guide the treatment of rough sleeping homeless persons.  Of course, the guidelines are not intended to be comprehensive, and the recommendations are not a prescriptive protocol.  Each guideline is linked to a published guidelines accepted by the general medical community.  Clinicians must exercise their own clinical judgment in the treatment of an particular patient.

Creation of these guidelines began in 2016 at the 12th Annual International Street Medicine Symposium in Geneva, Switzerland, with a workshop attended by experienced Street Medicine clinicians from around the globe.  Then from 2016 until 2018 the guidelines were circulated among the Street Medicine community to ensure a thorough vetting process and allow for additional contributions to the body of knowledge.  We hope that the guidelines will continue to adapt and evolve, much as our patients surviving on the streets of our cities and towns.  SMI welcomes your suggestions on these guidelines at any time.