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Midwest Street Medicine is on a mission to close the gaps in health outcomes and mortality by providing low-barrier care that addresses people’s medical, behavioral, addiction, and social needs.


Midwest Street Medicine was born in July 2023, a vision of Dr. Shannon Emry, who had learned of similar street medicine teams in other states. She has since partnered with professionals from many disciplines who share her passion for bringing care to vulnerable individuals.

Individuals experiencing homelessness often have complex social dynamics, including mental health or addiction care needs. Many individuals have significant trauma and require multi-disciplinary care. This is why peer support and social work are vital. Reducing the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health is at the forefront of our approach, and we also work closely with partner agencies who are focused on the prevention and treatment of substance use disorder and opioid use disorder.

Evidence-based, patient-centered care is vital when caring for people who are unhoused. Our team works to build a trusting rapport with individuals, including accompanying them to medical or other appointments, supporting them in their journey to recovery, and advocating for their behavioral heath and mental health needs.



This work is made possible through collaboration with and support from local officials and other organizations. In addition to working with partner agencies, Midwest Street Medicine is proud to work with and learn from other street medicine teams throughout the country.

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