Street medicine is what it sounds like: the practice of providing health care to the unsheltered homeless—people who live in the streets, in abandoned buildings, or in their cars. There are more than 44,000 unsheltered homeless people in Los Angeles alone, the most in any American city.
It’s not even close, in fact—44,000 is more than the homeless populations of the 29 next most populous cities combined.
The 44,000 tend to live in close proximity to one another.
They tend to have higher percentages of people who are immunocompromised.
And they tend to be less aware of breaking news.
They don’t generally get treated for contagious diseases.
They don’t generally have the means to maintain good health.
The 44,000 don’t generally have doctors.