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The doctors are in — the homeless encampments
Contra Costa Times

Dr. Ari Kriegsman walked the frost-covered trails of the trash-strewn homeless encampment known as “The Jungle,” a stethoscope draped around his neck.

“Morning, it’s Valley Med,” he said, approaching a tent. “We know it’s super-cold. Is there anybody around who is sick? We’ve got the medical van here.”

Doctors don’t make traditional house calls anymore. But the type of medicine practiced by the Valley Homeless Healthcare Program is hardly commonplace, with nurses and doctors even shouldering medical backpacks to seek out those who have no permanent place to call home.