The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) has been awarded a $48,000 grant to create a full-time medical-coordinator staff position.
The grant funding comes from CareFirst, augmenting support provided by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District. Brittani Valderrama has been hired to fill the position.
“A-SPAN needed a medical coordinator to manage the many partnerships we have which provide free health care to one of the most medically vulnerable populations in Arlington – people who are homeless and living on our streets,” said A-SPAN executive director Kathleen Sibert.
Since 2010, A-SPAN has been offering nursing services at the Emergency Winter Shelter through a grant from the Arlington Community Foundation. Overseen by a doctor, nurse practitioners have provided a total of approximately 800 medical visits to nearly 400 uninsured homeless clients.
The estimated cost savings to the community for these visits is $778,000, A-SPAN officials said.
A-SPAN also partners with Marymount and Georgetown universities’ nursing departments to provide services. Students offer medical screenings, special services such as flu vaccinations, and informational classes.
Through a grant from the Dominion Guild, Marymount students also developed medical kits for clients living on the streets, which provide basic medical supplies and a health resource guide to connect them to additional health-care services.