News Headlines Article

Amid camping debate, Sacramento’s backpack doctors tackle homeless health care
Sacramento Bee

Abram Nunn approaches a trash-strewn homeless camp with caution, stepping gingerly between still-warm cook stoves, heaps of tattered blankets and makeshift teepees. A few lounging pit bulls snap to attention as the young physician assistant gives his usual greeting: “Medical team’s here! Anybody sick?”

The answer is yes for most residents of the tarp-covered shantytown, but no one peeks out from their burrows, at least at first. Nunn and the rest of the Elica Health street medicine team are used to it. They’ve been working for months to earn the trust of Sacramento’s outer-edge dwellers.