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Improving a Sanctioned Homeless Encampment for Veterans During COVID-19 Through Multilevel Partnerships.
McCoy M, Kalofonos I, Altman L, Gelberg L, Capone-Newton P, Lynch K, Clair K, Nazinyan M, McGahran M, Santini C, Daugharty M, DeFraites E, Gabrielian S. Improving a Sanctioned Homeless Encampment for Veterans During COVID-19 Through Multilevel Partnerships. Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.). 2023 Jul 26; 0.
A veteran-clinician-researcher partnership-the Care, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Service (CTRS)-enabled quality improvement within a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-sanctioned homeless encampment created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the differing concerns of clinicians and operational leaders led to challenges in defining CTRS's goals and quality metrics, partnering with frontline social work and peer staff (N = 11) and veterans (N = 21 of 381 CTRS participants) and considering their feedback resolved those differences. Multilevel partnerships improved care within the encampment, leading to the development of an encampment medicine team (providing onsite integrated health care) and a veteran engagement committee (providing feedback).