Brett Feldman • TEDxGrandPark
Street Medicine: Caring for the Homeless with Radical Humility
"Homelessness is certainly not just houselessness". Brett Feldman reveals his radical approach to caring for our homeless neighbors as the Director of Street Medicine at USC Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, CA. In this talk, Brett shares his story about bringing a Street Medicine program to Los Angeles after founding and directing a successful program in Pennsylvania for over a decade. His remarkably humble, compassionate, and consistent approach to caring for patients on the streets fosters extraordinary trust and camaraderie, which in turn renders extraordinary results in patient outcomes. A PBS documentary featuring Brett and the street medicine program which he founded, Close to Home: Street Medicine, won an Emmy award in 2018. His work has been featured on the BBC, Washington Post, CNN, the Associated Press, and Telemundo. Brett J. Feldman, MSPAS, PA-C, is the Director of Street Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) of USC and serves as the Vice-Chair of the International Street Medicine Institute. He has practiced homeless medicine since 2007 and founded three programs including the DeSales University Free Clinic, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Street Medicine in Allentown, PA, and the KSOM of USC Street Medicine in Los Angeles, CA. In 2017, Mr. Feldman and LVHN hosted the 13th Annual International Street Medicine Symposium in Allentown, PA. He is a winner of the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants Humanitarian of the Year Award, Penn State University Alumni Service Award, and the Lehigh Valley Healthcare Hero Award.