A compassionate touch or a dignified encounter can be more healing than the provision of a medicine. Our medical staff have designed their delivery system to best meet the needs of their patients. They work in teams that include primary care providers, behavioral health specialists, and social workers. It also requires working in a location that is most accessible to the patients in need, whether it be a free clinic or an encampment that requires hiking down with a backpack full of medications.
Backpack medicine allows the program to treat the most marginalized patients who have the greatest needs. In addition, backpack medicine enables medical providers to diagnose and treat medical and psychiatric conditions at an earlier stage. This helps to prevent more severe medical complications like AIDS, and also avoids unnecessary health care costs in medical and psychiatric emergency room visits in the future.
FOUNDER & PROGRAM DIRECTOR - Jae Edgar Bennett
Executive/Program Director of Street Medicine Kansas City. Executive Board member of Wyandotte Community Health Center. Founder of CAVU Healthcare Systems. Former Medicaid Community Marketing for Anthem.
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER - Allen Greiner, MD, MPH
KUMC-Professor and Associate Chair for Research, MD / University of Kansas School of Medicine, Residency / University of Kansas School of Medicine, MPH / University of Kansas School of Medicine, Fellowship
Primary Care Research Fellowship, University of Kansas, Masters of Public Health degree; Clendening History of Medicine Fellowship, University of Kansas; Grant Generating Project, AAFP; Sunflower Clinical Scholars Program, University of Kansas.
Dr. Greiner serves as Medical Director / Health Officer for the Health Department of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS. He is a member for the Board of Directors of the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, the Duschene Clinic, and Southwest Boulevard Family Care. He is faculty co-advisor for the JayDoc Free Clinic, and for the medical school's Community Leadership track. He directs the Rural Primary Care Practice and Research Program and linked Kansas Physicians Engaged in Prevention Research (KPEPR) Network, is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Health Disparities Scholar, was a 2004 Kemper Fellowship Award winner and the 2010 Nason Family Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Education recipient.
COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER - Bobbie Meyer
Bobbie Meyer works at Missouri Mentor assisting with placement for people with developmental disabilities in homes. There, Bobbie is the Recruiter / Program Coordinator since Aug. 2009.
Bobbie has worked in several different positions there, and got their community health worker certification in 2017. During the course of work, Bobbie realized they really enjoy helping people and also realized the overwhelming need for the assistance in this broken area. Bobbie has seen so many heartbreaking & unjust situations in the small time frame of helping with Street Medicine KC and has also seen the amazing work and the help they have to offer
DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH - Mary Davis, BSN, MSN
Mary has 10 years of nursing experience in medical surgical and procedural nursing and five years nursing education experience including academic and acute care nursing. Her experiences range from online education to development and implementation of a nurse residency program with simulation. I am the AHA training site coordinator, an ACLS and BLS instructor and the continuing education coordinator. I have experience in on-boarding and orientation including the redesign of the orientation process to met organizational needs and improve employee satisfaction and retention. I have transformed an organization from monthly skills fairs to the Donna Wright Competency model with 90% of competency being achieved at the bedside and eliminating skills fairs entirely. I believe in making learning fun, hands on and interactive. I'm familiar with adult learning principles and incorporate them in all offerings.
DIRECTOR OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH - Lane Doubenmeir, LPC
Lane has provided therapy to assist people of all ages in coping with variety of issues including trauma, disability and mood disorders. Services are provided to individuals, organizations/systems, groups, couples, and families. Lane has experience with DBT, Play, Parent Child Interaction Therapy and trauma sensitive yoga. She enjoys the process of recovering and preserving hope with others. As we find their “why”, we also look at “what” foundation is there and create a plan for “how” to bring this vision of life’s purpose into focus and into daily life. Lane managed the clinical and daily operations of a residential care facility. This included transitioning from a traditional RCF to becoming an approved Intensive Residential Treatment Setting for DMH. Participants have a history of difficulty living independent of care for symptoms of severe and persistent mental health diagnoses. Lane trained and supervised staff including Case Manager and MHTs to educate participants on skills needed to be able to safely live in a more independent setting. Her treatment is person centered, trauma informed and culturally competent.
NURSE - Melonie Taylor, LPN
Melonie Taylor LPN has been a nurse for 7 years. She has worked in corrections, in a LTC facility for people with HIV/AIDS and in detox services. She has been doing outreach and supportive services with the homeless for the last 4 years.