Street Medicine Goes Viral: Learn How You Can Help Area Homeless
A video (below) showcasing Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Street Medicine program is being watched, shared and liked by thousands of people. The video made its debut at LVHN’s 2015 Community Annual Meeting and has been viewed more than 44,000 times on social media. Our Facebook post containing the video has been seen by more than 135,000 people.
The video tells the story of physician assistant Brett Feldman, PA-C. He travels the community caring for people who are homeless and living under bridges and in alleyways, in encampments, at soup kitchens and shelters. He provides the care these people deserve and helps them escape from homelessness.
Many people who have watched the video want to know how they can help support LVHN’s Street Medicine program. The community’s generosity is greatly needed and appreciated. “The medications, labs and diagnostic tests we provide are completely free for our patients,” he says. “They’re made possible through private monetary donations made to the Street Medicine program.”
To make a monetary donation to the Street Medicine program, mail a check made payable to “LVHN” with “Street Medicine” in the memo to:
Lehigh Valley Health Network
2100 Mack Blvd. / PO Box 4000
Allentown, PA 18105-4000
People also are asking if they can help by volunteering. Because the Street Medicine program is a Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) practice, those associated with the program must be LVHN employees. However, volunteers are always welcome at the community organizations where Street Medicine clinics are held. Contact these organizations directly for information about volunteering:
- Allentown Rescue Mission, 355 Hamilton St, Allentown, 610-740-5500 ext. 22
- Paul’s Lutheran Church Soup Kitchen, 36 S. 8th St., Allentown, 610-435-9065
- Ecumenical Soup Kitchen, 179 Chew St., Allentown, 610-435-1541 ext. 328
- Valley Youth House, 610-820-0166
- New Bethany Ministries, 610-691-5602
- Safe Harbor Easton, 536 Bushkill Drive, Easton, 610-258-5540
Although the video discusses the program’s use of items like socks, tarps and food, Feldman says these items are not needed at this time due to generous donations by LVHN employees. However, many of the organizations listed above are in great need of these and other items.
Feldman is excited so many people have watched the video and are moved by his work. “There is so much that we need to do for the homeless people of our community,” he says. “My hope is that by shining light on previously invisible people, the community will be driven to find solutions to this problem.”
To promote awareness and gain even more support for the Street Medicine program, Feldman is available to speak at community events. You can email him for more information.