Community Health Net (CHN) has launched a telemedicine program aimed at providing essential healthcare services to Erie's homeless population. 

The healthcare organization says the initiative marks a significant leap forward in addressing the healthcare needs of the community's most vulnerable individuals. 

CHN is the leading Federally Qualified Health Center serving the Lake Erie Region. 

The Taking Healthcare to the Homeless with Telemedicine initiative uses cutting-edge telemedicine technology to ensure that no one is denied access to essential healthcare services due to their living conditions. 

“CHN will deploy our mobile healthcare professionals equipped with the latest telemedicine tools,” said Craig Ulmer, CEO of Community Health Net. “These teams will visit strategic locations throughout Erie, including shelters and community centers, to provide on-the-spot medical consultations and treatments.”

The program will offer a wide range of healthcare services, from routine check-ups and screenings to behavioral health support. 

The goal is address both immediate health concerns and long-term wellness. By bringing healthcare directly to the homeless population through telemedicine, CHN aims to eliminate the barriers that often prevent homeless individuals from seeking care. 

“Homelessness should not be a barrier to receiving quality healthcare,” said Thierno Barry, Board Chairman for Community Health Net. “Our telemedicine program represents a compassionate, dignified, and innovative solution to helping one of our most vulnerable populations. We are excited to see the positive impact it will have on
our community.”

CHN is asking to the community to help support the new program on Erie Gives Day. Donations made on August 13 will directly fund the telemedicine initiative.