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Response to The Pandemic: Housing for Health in the VA Tent Community

Owens T, Ewing D, Devera M, Shrestha S, Capone-Newton P, Kopelson K, Altman L, Gelberg L. Response to The Pandemic: Housing for Health in the VA Tent Community. Annals of Family Medicine [Preprint]. 2021 Oct 29; COVID-19 Collection:


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, an innovative approach to providing integrated primary care services was initiated in the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. The Care, Treatment and Rehabilitation Services, a unique street medicine program, was placed within an encampment that is supported by the West Los Angeles VA health care services including onsite provision of 24/7 security, stability of tent sites, 3 meals a day, unlimited water, hygiene stations, face masks, showers and housing placement services.

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