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HIV, homelessness, nursing outreach, substance use disorder, vulnerable populations



  1. Doran, Kelly PhD, RN
  2. Moen, Marik PhD, MPH, RN
  3. Doede, Megan PhD, RN


Abstract: People experiencing substance use disorders, homelessness, mental health conditions, or poverty often have difficultly engaging in healthcare services particularly prevention services. This brief report describes two nursing interventions implemented by nursing students that aim to empower vulnerable populations and draw them into care using empathetic and patient-centered approaches. The first intervention uses street outreach with naloxone training in an area of Baltimore experiencing a high rate of overdose deaths. The second uses home or street outreach to link people living with HIV to HIV care.