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Michigan Public Radio broadcast features WSU team behind Street Medicine Detroit

December 20, 2012


Street Medicine Detroit, a WSU School of Medicine student organization that involves medical students providing treatment for the homeless, was featured in "Stateside" with Cynthia Canty on NPR's Michigan Radio (91.7 FM) on Dec. 18. Several Wayne State University students started Street Medicine Detroit in May. They'd heard about a similar program in Pittsburg and they were inspired. They partnered with a Detroit non-profit called Neighborhood Service Organization and together they created a mobile medical clinic. The team deals with three big health issues in this particular homeless population, a group known as "the service-resistant." The first is a problem with their physical health, the second is severe mental illness, and the third is substance abuse. If a homeless person has all three of these things - or what the medical team calls the "trifecta" - it puts a homeless person at risk of dying, sooner rather than later, especially during the winter.