Medical Respite and Nursing Services Programs

A-SPAN provides free medical services for homeless Arlington residents at the Homeless Services Center (HSC).

For questions, please email or call Kasia Shaw at kshaw@a-span.org or (703) 228-7854.

A-SPAN’s Nursing Services Program provides free medical care, follow-up care, and prescriptions through a full-time nurse practitioner and a volunteer doctor.

Last season, 129 people were treated for a total of 343 visits and 115 prescriptions were written and filled.

Like the shelter program, the nursing program is now a full-time, year-round one, which will lead to more people in need of medical care receiving it through our nurse practitioner. In addition, the nurse practitioner will oversee the new Medical Respite Program, which provides five private beds for patients in need of additional recovery who are discharged from an area hospital and have no home to go to.

 

A-SPAN Partners with Georgetown University Nursing Students

A-SPAN is partnering with Georgetown University nursing students in a joint program with the National Institute of Health/ National Library of Medicine. The goal of this partnership is to make information about health issues specific to the homeless population readily available for all. Currently on the NIH/NLM website, there is not a consolidated source of health information for the homeless population. While population groups like Alaskan Native, Hispanic American, and LGBT are represented, the homeless population is left out. This joint venture hopes to establish such a source. We hope to make the wonderful and vast information that is located on the world’s most comprehensive health information site available to all the varied groups who work with the homeless population facing unique health issues. A special thank you to John Scott of CPSC for making us aware of this opportunity.

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Nursing students going over the National Library of Medicine

 

 

Please read Rosslyn BID’s article on our program: Lowering Medical Costs for the Homeless