"Trying to get a client tested is a resource-intensive logistical feat," says Director of Adult Medicine Laura Garcia, CRNP. "This results in a truly disparate health care system for people without homes or transportation."
We are making a bad situation better. Our staff has pulled together to provide on-site testing for people experiencing homelessness. This week, we repurposed the garage at our downtown clinic for COVID-19 testing. Right now, we have the capacity to test a limited number of people, but we hope to be able to expand that number in April.
"This process involves medical staff in protective gear which can be scary and unnerving for people who already don't trust the health care system," Laura adds. "But everyone who has been tested is very thankful that they have had a friendly face doing the testing."
Health Care for the Homeless is partnering with Baltimore City to connect anyone testing positive with safe transportation and a place to isolate.