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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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168 comments

  • Elaine M.
    03/18/2020 03:07

    Wish slot More people would put alot more into humanity

  • Elizabeth G.
    02/29/2020 23:28

    God bless you all🙏💖🙏💖

  • Carlos R.
    02/28/2020 23:11

    Mi admiración y mis respetos

  • Carlos R.
    02/28/2020 22:55

    Seres humanos que se dan a los demás a cambio de dar amor a sus semejantes

  • Laurie C.
    02/28/2020 21:38

    You are amazing 💕❤️

  • Mattie M.
    02/28/2020 14:55

    Bless your heart need more Drs like you that really care about people rather than the almighty dollar

  • Cathy J.
    02/28/2020 10:40

    Thank you Obama for closing all of our mental health hospital s and throwing the patient s out on the streets

  • Cindy H.
    02/28/2020 07:20

    Dr King you are a gift from God!! God Bless You!!

  • Gaylene E.
    02/27/2020 21:34

    Thank you

  • Juline O.
    02/26/2020 17:56

    Good work and God bless u all.

  • Aragon C.
    02/26/2020 11:03

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

  • Patrick D.
    02/25/2020 23:37

    Gee a hero with a 'stash

  • Susan F.
    02/25/2020 20:39

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

  • Sam P.
    02/25/2020 19:52

    Thank you doctor!

  • Adriana A.
    02/24/2020 12:14

    Wonderfull Dr

  • Alba C.
    02/24/2020 03:23

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

  • Ruth L.
    02/23/2020 21:20

    God bless you.

  • Martha B.
    02/23/2020 20:06

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

  • Lucille C.
    02/23/2020 14:41

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

  • Stephanie B.
    02/22/2020 19:07