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Health Care for the Homeless' Health Engagement Action Resource Team (HEART) is a partnership between community health workers, environmental health investigators, and nursing. It was born out of the recognized need to promote holistic health in communities experiencing homelessness, both unsheltered and in congregate settings.

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Our mission is to ensure that people experiencing homelessness in King County have access to the health they deserve, on their terms. We provide person-centered services that are equitable and racially just through a harm-reduction, trauma-informed lens. By providing direct outreach work to people living unsheltered, as well as collaborating with providers in congregate settings, we are able to take a multidisciplinary approach to fulfilling our mission.

Current services for people living unsheltered

  • Environmental health assessments of encampments
  • Linkages to hygiene supports at encampment sites
  • Proactive outreach on current and upcoming public health measures
  • Linkages to primary care, behavioral health teams, and social workers
  • Basic supplies to people living unsheltered
    • Water, snacks, hygiene supplies, tents, etc.
  • Narcan overdose training and kits
  • COVID testing and vaccinations
  • Facilitation of emergency preparedness (e.g. severe weather emergencies)

Current services for homeless service providers

  • Environmental health assessments of homeless service sites
  • Point of contact service between homeless service providers and PHSKC
  • Proactive outreach on current and upcoming public health measures
  • Facilitation of emergency preparedness (e.g. severe weather emergencies)
  • Education and training sessions on public health topics
  • Assistance with programs such as training peer educators to provide targeted outreach
  • Narcan overdose training and kits
  • COVID testing and vaccinations

Resources

CONTACT US
You can reach us by email at CHS.HEART@kingcounty.gov or by phone at 206-263-1592.
  • Heather Barr
    Program Manager
  • Flora Lansburgh
    Advanced Practice Nurse Specialist
  • Gursharn Bedi
    Administrator
  • Trevor Lee Antonio
    Community Health Worker
  • Miguel Chevere-Rodriguez
    Community Health Worker
  • Fatima Guled
    Community Health Worker
  • Felicia Staley
    Community Health Worker
  • Sumaya Aden
    Environmental Health Investigator
  • Ricardo Cuevas Settles
    Environmental Health Investigator
  • Marta Lema
    Environmental Health Investigator
  • Amani Azzaidani
    Public Health Nurse
  • A Cherek
    Public Health Nurse
  • Dora Henricksen
    Public Health Nurse
  • Alexandra Mariani
    Public Health Nurse
  • Justin Thomson
    Public Health Nurse
  • Robert Wamukoya
    Public Health Nurse

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