Our Vision & Mission

It is the VISION of the Street Medicine Institute that communities throughout the world are transformed through the delivery of Street  Medicine practices designed to meet the unique needs of persons sleeping rough. 

Our MISSION: Inspiring and equipping communities worldwide to provide Street Medicine services to  persons experiencing rough-sleeping homelessness. 

We hope to accomplish our vision through:

  • Customized, on-site consultation and training programs designed to assist communities establish or improve their own Street Medicine programs;
  • Documentation and sharing of best practices in the delivery of Street Medicine;
  • Encouragement of a global Street Medicine community primarily through the annual International Street Medicine Symposium; and,
  • Creation of service-oriented Street Medicine learning opportunities for students in the health sciences. 


Go to the People – Street medicine is effective only when we meet people on their own terms in their own spaces.

Solidarity – We stand with our sisters and brothers sleeping outside, advocating for others to see them for the beloved human beings they are.

Authenticity – Being genuine, transparent, and honest allows our organization to maintain trust with people sleeping rough and the street medicine teams who care for them.

Transformative Disruption – We drive change in our communities and health care systems to achieve justice and health equity for all of us, no matter where we sleep at night.

Streets as a Classroom  People sleeping rough are our best teachers. In learning from them, we learn how to provide healing for others and ourselves.

Healing Community – In caring for people society shuns, street medicine workers can feel equally marginalized. We offer a place of refuge for people involved in street medicine globally to refuel and grow with each other.

NOTE While the Street Medicine Institute is comprised of individuals with Street Medicine expertise, we are not engaged in the direct delivery of Street Medicine health care services. Rather, we assist and support individuals and communities wishing to start or improve a Street Medicine program.