Project H.O.P.E. Serves Most Vulnerable Households in Camden

Health Center Cares for Households Experiencing Homelessness at Risk of COVID-19

On May 5, 2020, NBC 10 News highlighted Project H.O.P.E.’s patient care during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

NBC 10’s Cydney Long interviewed Project H.O.P.E.’s staff. This iincluded Susanne Johnson, APN-C Associate Medical Director; Dr. Stephanie Santoro, Medical Director; and Patricia DeShields, CEO, were interviewed for the news segment. During the COVID-19 health pandemic, Project H.O.P.E. continues to provide care for the Camden City region’s most vulnerable populations. Click here for the news coverage.

Project H.O.P.E., one of Camden’s primary care providers for the vulnerable individuals and other indivdiuals experiencing homelessness, shifted gears in a unique way due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The mission of Project H.O.P.E. is to improve the health and well being of homeless persons and others in need within the greater Camden, New Jersey area by providing primary, preventative, and related health services.

Project H.O.P.E., Inc. serves the medical and social needs of the homeless population in Camden County, particularly Camden City. The City of Camden is the largest urban center in southern New Jersey. Camden is ranked as the most economically depressed city in New Jersey and one of the most economically depressed cities in the United States.

In other part of the east coast, on May 10, 2020, The Baltimore Sun reported that “The nurses at Health Care for the Homeless are treating those at higher risk of coronavirus.” Healthcare for the Homeless in Baltimore had to pivot about how it is cares for the population of individuals experiencing homelessness. This pivot includes offering healthcare over the phone.

“[We have] a staff which are really passionate about the work they do,” said chief medical officer Dr. Adrienne Trustman “They’re really concerned about how we’re going to make sure our clients’ needs are met.”

Trustman is chief medical officer at the Healthcare fo the Homeless in Baltimore. The news story reports on front line medical workers treating and protecting the population experiencing homelessness from COVID-19.

“Many people experiencing homelessness have a higher rate of chronic illnesses and, along with limited access to hand hygiene and private space to properly social distance, they are at a higher risk for worse outcomes from COVID-19.”