A New Year, A New Clinic for Homeless Youth and Teens Aging Out of Foster Care

Beginning this month IFM Nurse Practitioner, Haley Kirkpatrick and volunteer, Ebony Page, will meet with teens and young adults seeking primary medical care once a week at Epworth’s Drop-In Center in Normandy. 

Opened in May 2014, the Drop-In Center provides comprehensive services including laundry and shower facilities, full kitchen for hot meals, common areas for “hanging out”, youth computer work stations, donated food and clothing items, educational group sessions, crisis counseling and case management to an average of 30-40 kids a day.

After identifying that a significant number of their clients did not have reliable access to a medical provider due to lack of health insurance and low income, Epworth sought out Institute for Family Medicine to provide a solution. Since 30% of their clients are homeless, many are struggling with limited resources and extreme poverty. Epworth staff had been observing kids showing up with chronic conditions that were preventable had there been consistent care and education, now offered by IFM. 

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