Annual Louis L. Odette Family Lecture

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For Dr. Jim Withers, pioneer of the global ’street medicine’ movement, treating homeless people where they live is the best medicine.

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For almost three decades, Dr. Withers has been treating the homeless where they live – under bridges, along riverbanks, in tent cities. What’s more, he sees the street as a classroom for his students, where they learn not only medicine, but humanity. Dr. Withers' ultimate goal is to provide every person experiencing homelessness with medical care that comes directly to them with the message that says, "You matter."

Dr. Withers’ talk will focus on what the streets can teach us about improving our healthcare system. He’ll speak to the changes he’s seen during COVID-19. And he’ll explain what street medicine is and where it’s headed.

Providing medicine where people need it not only helps those who are suffering, but the medical system as well.


Dr. Jim Withers, MD, FACP, Medical Director and Founder, Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net; Founder, Street Medicine Institute; Teaching Faculty, UPMC Mercy; Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine, University of Pittsburgh


Emily Mathieu, Journalist, Writer, and Researcher


Dr. Tom Ungar, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital

Dr. Steve Mathias, MD, FRCPC, CACAP, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

Onika Dainty, Author and Podcaster

Dr. Michaela Beder, MD, FRCPC, Psychiatrist at St. Michael’s Hospital and Mental Health Lead with Inner City Health Associates

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