In April, in response to the needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Heart to Heart International began partnering with Hope Faith Homeless Assistance Campus to provide free medical services and COVID-19 testing to those experiencing homelessness in the Kansas City area. In December, our team of volunteers celebrated seeing 1,000 patients.
This work is critical to not only the local Kansas City residents experiencing homelessness, but also the local health system. Since April, this medical care has diverted patients from the emergency room 64 times, strengthening local capacity to treat emergency cases.
“This milestone is more about providing a consistent level of care here in our community to a population that doesn’t have access to continual care. Our team has built relationships with the patients and fostered a level of trust that has resulted in prevention of illness rather than just acute treatment,” Heather Lee, Director of Disaster Response for Heart to Heart International, said.