Helena Oliviero, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 6
Mercy Care’s small but determined Street Medicine team venture into some of Atlanta’s grittiest environs, to engage with the homeless men and women least likely to seek help. Their team goes out on the streets four days a week, often accompanied by a psychiatrist and Emory and Morehouse medical students. With their bandages, antibiotic cream, inhalers and blood pressure monitors, they provide whatever medical treatment they can on the spot. Oftentimes, they provide counseling and psychiatric care for conditions such as bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to medical care, they provide referrals and assistance with the not-so-simple first steps of finding housing and employment, like securing birth certificates and Social Security cards and getting identification with no permanent address.