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A doctor for the homeless

Every morning, this doctor and his team hit the streets to treat homeless patients. 🙌

Homelessness is very hard if health is not intact

Dr. Coley King specializes in street medicine — treating homeless patients wherever they are. Each morning, he goes out with a team of case managers and social workers. Dr. King’s medical outreach is in Los Angeles County — the epicenter of California’s homelessness crisis.

Over 1,000 homeless people died in Los Angeles County in 2019 alone according to the Los Angeles County Coroner

“The goal of that of the whole team is to get them into stable housing. But along the way, we really want to get them plugged into meaningful health care and get their medical situation stabilized. The importance of getting treatment out to these folks is really highlighted by their very high death rate. They die almost 30 years younger than the rest of us. The fact that we may make it to 80 and they may barely make it to 50, that's probably the heavy part of this job and the very difficult part. I've known up to 20 patients that died this year [2019] and it’s sad. They're good folks. We miss them a lot. I also want the ability to treat their mental health condition right where they're at. And that is a very big component of this is addressing the needs that they have. And often patients who have become disorganized from their mental illness have become homeless because of that”, Dr. Coley King tells Brut.

Helping save lives by treating people who may need emergency care

Dr. King has been practicing street medicine for 12 years through the Venice Family Clinic — one of the first on the West Coast to do street medicine. In 2018, the Venice Family Clinic won a grant to develop a curriculum to train residents, doctors, and nurses on street medicine.

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02/06/2020 10:57 AM
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158 comments

  • Juline O.
    2 days

    Good work and God bless u all.

  • Aragon C.
    2 days

    God bless you 😇🙏 and you're team for reaching out to these people ❤️ you are truly an angel

  • Patrick D.
    3 days

    Gee a hero with a 'stash

  • Susan F.
    3 days

    Dr King, my heart is warmed by all you and your team do.

  • Sam P.
    3 days

    Thank you doctor!

  • Adriana A.
    4 days

    Wonderfull Dr

  • Alba C.
    4 days

    Dios le siga bendiciendo su inteligencia , su corazón y sus manos

  • Ruth L.
    5 days

    God bless you.

  • Martha B.
    5 days

    So Thankful ,,they get some help,,,,

  • Lucille C.
    5 days

    He has a good heart, wish there was Dentist out there that would do the same for people

  • Stephanie B.
    6 days

  • Barbie L.
    6 days

    God Bless

  • Kitty B.
    6 days

    🙏🙏

  • Diana G.
    7 days

    Thank you Gods blessing

  • John F.
    7 days

    This doctor would be a perfect example for CNN Heroes

  • Rina B.
    02/21/2020 06:54

    There is hope 🌻

  • Minerva Z.
    02/21/2020 04:45

    My prayers go out to you for the great job your doing for the homeless..May God Bless you and the Venice Family Clinic.

  • Zenobia N.
    02/20/2020 16:31

    This man this doctor is a blessing

  • Barbara B.
    02/20/2020 06:22

    Absolutely love

  • Fakhra M.
    02/19/2020 09:46

    Wow that is amazing