Date of Submission

Fall 10-10-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Dr. Jo Loomis

Second Advisor

Dr. Juli Maxworthy


Academic based street medicine programs are springing up across the United States to provide critical points of access to persons experiencing homelessness. This innovative specialty care practice was developed by Dr. Jim Withers in 1992. His vision of increasing access to care by bringing healthcare to the streets is a proven solution to improve outcomes while building trust with the larger mainstream healthcare system. Street medicine programs provide teaching learning opportunities for medical professionals. The majority of street programs internationally are founded by medical schools. Nursing schools are well suited to begin street medicine programs and provide immersive experiences for students while improving access and care for the growing homeless populations across the country. New nurse-led programs have been developed in San Diego to address the growing homeless crisis while developing nursing graduates prepared to understand how to improve quality of care for patients with challenging social determinants of health.