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Taking It to the Streets: Clinica Sierra Vista Delivers Medical Aid to Fresno Homeless
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By Anya Ellis, Berkeley Correspondent
Published 6 months ago on
October 20, 2023

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Clinica Sierra Vista is hitting the streets of Fresno to provide comprehensive medical care for homeless people.

The “Healthcare for the Homeless: Street Medicine” officially launched Tuesday.

Recognizing the Worth of Every Person

“Having consistent access to healthcare is so important, especially for the most vulnerable members of our community who don’t have a home,” said Cecilia Scott, the program administrator.

Clinica Sierra Vista’s street medicine team asks that anyone who encounters a homeless person in need of help call (559) 273-1397.

“This program is about more than just medical services — it’s about recognizing the worth of every person and making sure they feel valued. We’re really excited about this program and all the good it’s going to do for our community.”

Clinica Sierra Vista’s street medical team will go into encampments, providing primary and urgent care, specialized treatments, and harm reduction. It also provides support services such as housing navigation, assistance with social security applications, and links to community resources for the homeless.

By conducting intensive street outreach and case management services for unhoused individuals, the team will ensure that patients obtain needed treatments. These include medication-assisted treatment for opioid abuse, hepatitis C treatment, wound care, and HIV care.

Clinica Sierra Vista, established in 1971 and serving nearly 200,000 community members, put together the program with state grants.

Donations Sought

The Bakersfield-based medical services provider says it welcomes donations of clothing, food, hygiene supplies, wound care supplies, and dog food.

The street medicine team asks that anyone who encounters a homeless person in need of help call (559) 273-1397.

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Anya Ellis,
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Anya Ellis began working for GV Wire in July 2023. The daughter of journalists, Anya is a Fresno native and Buchanan High School graduate. She is currently at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in film and media studies and minoring in creative writing. She plans to pursue her masters in screenwriting after graduating. You can contact Anya at anya.ellis@gvwire.com.

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