City Health Clinic, San Francisco, California, 11.13.14
I work at a health clinic where we serve the underserved, like the homeless and transgender community. Under the umbrella of our clinic, we have nurses working in SROs, hotels, shelters, and healthcare workers engaging in street outreach.
Our clinic is located in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco where there is a high percentage of violent crime, robbery, assault, battery, shootings, and a few murders. Our clinic sits in that same neighborhood where workers witness open drug use, drug sales, assaults, and shootings.
Some of our healthcare workers have to walk over folks cutting up dope on the front steps of our clinic. Some of our workers have been assaulted commuting to and from work. Inside our clinic, workers are being verbally assaulted on a daily basis and lots of times it is difficult to mitigate what has occurred unless law enforcement shows up.
We need to do a better job protecting those who care for patients.