USC has named homelessness as a priority in need of unique and innovative solutions. Research has shown that among people who are homeless:

  • Average life expectancy is 42-52 years of age; it is 78 for housed individuals.
  • 38 percent have two or more major medical illnesses.
  • 25 percent have a severe mental illness.
  • At least 30 percent have a current drug-use disorder.

The Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Street Medicine program is an emerging collaboration of interdisciplinary health care professionals that aims to improve care for the homeless while advocating for health care justice in Los Angeles through medical and social service outreach and research. The city’s homeless population encounters numerous barriers to primary health care despite experiencing a disproportionate burden of acute and chronic health issues. Under the direction of Brett Feldman, MSPAS, PA-C — an internationally recognized expert on Street Medicine — our program offers services that address the circumstances that undermine the mental, physical and emotional well-being of our city’s homeless.

Visit the Street Medicine website to learn more.