The Street-side Health Project (SHP) blends the philosophy of harm reduction with primary care medicine.
Five clinics provide free low threshold medical care to participants in the form of mobile and standard locations. The SHP brings together Prevention Point Philadelphia participants with volunteer doctors from four medical schools; University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University and Drexel University. This unique opportunity provides medical students with hands on experience in urban medicine and provides participants with needed medical care.
The SHP provides free medical care to some of the most vulnerable adults in Philadelphia, the uninsured, the under insured and those struggling to access medical services. While not a primary care program, we are often the link to primary care and strive to give our participants a judgment free, client based approach. The SHP strives to continue PPP's programming model of meeting people where they are, offering general medical advice and consultations, referrals to primary and specialized care, help with filling out employability assessment form (often a gateway to public benefits), immunizations, vaccinations, wound and abscess care, access to a host of medications and works in conjunction with PPP case management and the Syringe Exchange Program around harm reduction materials and resources.
The SHP houses a Suboxone program called Stabilization, Treatment and Engagement Program (STEP). Since 2008, STEP has provided low threshold non judgmental alternatives to those seeking treatment.
Under the medical direction of Dr. David Barclay STEP began as a demonstration project providing services to participants who utilize the Syringe Exchange Program, the Harm Reduction Services Center, Prevention Services Program and the Trans-health Information Project.
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In 2010 the SHP provided free medical care to over 900 participants.
Silvana Mazzella, Director of Programs