Miami Street Medicine is a free clinic of the The Dade County Street Response.
The Dade County Street Response (DCSR) exists to serve those most affected by poverty and oppression in Miami Dade County. DCSR’s Disaster Relief Team was founded in 2018 with the goal of organizing community services in low-income areas in preparation and response to disasters. In 2020, DCSR’s Disaster Relief Team partnered with the Miami Street Medicine (MSM) clinic. MSM was founded in 2018, with students determined to bring healthcare services and longitudinal care directly to our neighbors on the street.
Together, we have continued to expand DCSR by opening a free urgent care, Doctors Within Borders, alongside our community partners, Black Men Build and The Village (Free)dge in Liberty City. Throughout the year, our Miami Street Medicine clinic offers medical outreach and case management. Our community organizing team develops education and advocacy events regarding climate change, social justice, health, and homelessness. And during hurricane season, our disaster relief team organizes relief efforts across South Florida to assure residents safe shelter, food, water, and medical care.
Even with available free clinics and traditional points of entry to hospital care, many barriers to healthcare remain for unsheltered individuals. To overcome these barriers, we must reach out to our community. The Miami Street Medicine (MSM) clinic meets our neighbors on the street on their own terms. We offer home care to build trust, bridge gaps between existing healthcare services, transition patients into housing & a primary-care relationship, educate & counsel, and deliver other high-quality healthcare services free of charge. Additionally, we know not to underestimate the quiet healing potential of simply acknowledging a person’s humanity, empathetic listening, and collaborative service outreach.