November 18, 2012
As a health professional, educator, and retired Program Director, I have worked to establish and provide on-site health care services at the Star of Hope for over 20 years. In 1989 through an untraditional collaboration, on-site health care clinics were established at Star of Hope facilities. Many homeless individuals forego and delay accessing health care because of financial, programmatic, and individual barriers they encounter. By providing health care on-site, many of these barriers are eliminated and minimized. The clinics established are federally qualified health clinics and maintain national accreditation through the Joint Commission of Hospitals Ambulatory Care Standards. We are currently working to add community health workers to the cadre of service providers that collaborate to assist homeless individuals exit homelessness, attain and maintain self-sufficiency, and to prevent recidivism. I commend the Star of Hope for its collaborative spirit and extensive network of partnerships that address the myriad of problems experienced by homeless individuals. Marion Scott, MSN,RN, CHWI
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