Doctor uses ‘street medicine’ to care for Skid Row residents during coronavirus pandemic

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As the coronavirus injects new fears into the everyday lives of many, Dr. Susan Partovi says the problems facing those living on LA’s Skid Row remain consistent. Photo credit: Sasha Asensio/flickr

Dr. Susan Partovi is an early practitioner of “street medicine.” She takes her medical knowledge directly to underserved communities, whether they are in encampments, on the streets, or in shelters. Despite the added risk of COVID-19, Dr. Partovi says most of the people she encounters have the same problems they did before the crisis: hunger, injuries, and mental health issues. Still, she’s doing what she can and seeking out overlooked populations as many people continue to hunker down. Partovi spoke about what she sees on the street in this audio diary for Greater LA.