Dr. Roseanna Means Helps Boston Homeless Get Access To Health Services
When Dr. Roseanna Means walked the streets of Boston, she talked to women living on the streets who were in need of medical care.
When describing what her program does, Means describes her team as "ambassadors of the health care system," helping disadvantaged women navigate the way to free medical help.
"For women who are poor, homeless or battered, to deal with a system of health care becomes overwhelming. There are lots of emotional issues, psychiatric issues...I just didn't like the idea that they were falling through the cracks."
But more than that, Means focuses on the holistic side of health. She wanted to provide a safe place for women in need beyond just physical care.
"This is not just about a checkup or doling out antibiotics for an infection, but it's about giving these women the acceptance -- and love -- they deserve. It's a process. It takes a long time. But we don't put any time limits on it 'cause we know that in some cases, it's literally life-saving."