Meet The Feldmans

 

Brett Feldman

Brett received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Penn State. He earned a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from DeSales University and became a certified physician assistant in 2007. He is the Director and founder of the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Street Medicine Program which includes multiple shelter and soup kitchen based clinics, a street medicine team, and an inpatient/outpatient consult service which is available to all Network locations. He is also a co-founder of the DeSales Free Clinic at the Allentown Rescue Mission. All programs provide free medications, diagnostic studies and laboratory tests to all patients. Brett’s work has led to the development and piloting of a homelessness screening tool used in the Emergency Department in order to better quantify the local homeless population with the intention of justifying additional resources to be used for their care. Brett recently became the only physician assistant to present at the LVHN Medical Grand Rounds with a presentation titled, “LVHN Street Medicine Program: Delivering Healthcare to the Frontier.”

Brett served on the Lehigh County/ Allentown Joint Commission to End Chronic Homelessness and has been able to make healthcare and public health a priority on the Commission. The best practice models presented by Brett and Corinne have resulted in the Commission’s recommendations to keep the emergency shelters opened for more months out of the year and longer hours. Brett is a former winner of the 2012 Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants Humanitarian of the Year Award, and has been featured in multiple publications including the American Academy of Physician Assistants publication “PA Professional Magazine.”

Corinne Feldman

Corinne received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Penn State and became a certified athletic trainer. She earned a Masters of Medical Studies from Midwestern University (Downers Grove, IL) and became a certified physician assistant in 2005. She is the co-founder and executive director of the DeSales University Free Clinic at the Allentown Rescue Mission and the Desales University Free Clinic at the Truth Home. She has overseen the growth of the Clinic to include a multi-disciplinary approach to providing quality health care to those who are currently homeless and those recovering from human trafficking.  She is an  Assistant Professor in the DeSales University Physician Assistant Program.  She presented at the 2013 and 2015 national Physician Assistant Education Association meeting regarding use of service learning with the homeless population in medical education and the importance of teaching social determinants of health in medical education. She and Brett have also presented at the International Street Medicine Symposium in Dublin, Ireland and San Jose, California. She has been a key consultant and partner in the establishment and growth of the Lehigh Valley Health Network Street Medicine Program. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.  As a member of the Lehigh County/Allentown Joint Commission to End Chronic Homelessness, she has served on the Winter Sheltering Sub-Committee  to help provide a medically sound public health approach to the development of winter sheltering solutions.  Along with Brett, she received the 2012 Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistant Humanitarian of the Year award for her work with the homeless.  She was also recently nominated for the New Faculty Award for Professional Excellence by the Physician Assistant Education Association.

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  1. Carmen Maria Linne says:

    Awesome article and so wonderful to know these professionals who are living their life every day to make progress for those less fortunate. BRAVO!!

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  2. […] place. He first became interested in street medicine as a student volunteering at a Chicago clinic. Feldman’s program includes multiple shelter and soup kitchen based clinics, a street medicine team and a consult service […]

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  3. seth says:

    I would love to know if anyone is doing something similar in Los Angeles. I’d like to get involved.

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  4. William Toepper says:

    Brett,
    I was at the Symposium last week and I got the approval for Street Medicine Institute consult for our city, Portland Oregon. I’m representing a group called The Oregon Harbor of Hope, a group whose focus has been housing. We are running into so many roadblocks and are considering an alternative approach. I am a recently retired emergency physician looking to begin a street medicine program. There are a few providers doing this in Portland but it is scattered and not collaborative at this point.

    We have a cold wet winter ahead and would like to proceed ASAP. If you could provide a few details, e.g., number of days, cost etc that would be great. We are well funded so cost should not be an issue.

    Thanks,
    Bill Toepper

    (I sent this to the Street Medicine Institute but didn’t recognize the email address and want to get moving on this-thanks)

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