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Denver’s homeless population gets more healthcare options

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By Margaret Jackson / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless opened two new clinics to provide healthcare services to people experiencing homelessness.

The 48th Avenue East Health Center opened Monday at the Denver Rescue Mission shelter at 4600 E. 48th St. The center has a lobby, two dedicated exam rooms, two behavioral health rooms, a point-of-care room and a procedure room. The health center will expand in the coming months. The clinic serves about 15 clients per day.

The health center serves patients from the Denver Rescue Mission and soon the Samaritan House, a nearby facility for women experiencing homelessness.

The Health Outreach Program (HOP) will relaunch in March with a customized RV vehicle that features two exam rooms, restroom and wheelchair lift to ensure accessibility for 10 to 15 clients per day.

The HOP replaces a deteriorating unit that had been in service since 2007. The new HOP will travel with a driver, medical assistant and primary care provider, ensuring the same level of medical care as the brick-and-mortar Stout Street Health Center, including services such as vaccinations, wound care and labs.

“Having access to medical and behavioral health permanently onsite is just a game-changer,” Colorado Coalition for the Homeless President and CEO John Parvensky said. “It’s unfortunate we have to keep expanding shelters and there are still so many people on the streets, but this is what’s needed to best serve our community and continue to work towards ending homelessness.”

Emergency Solutions Grant funds provided funding for both healthcare facilities.

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