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Healthcare Without Walls: 

A Medical Home for Homeless Children

Healthcare Without Walls is a unique program that provides community-based health literacy training, case management and free, on-site pediatric screenings for children who reside with their mothers in residential shelters. Healthcare Without Walls addresses the health care and developmental needs of children who are at greater risk for poorer long-term health issues such as developmental disabilities and chronic disease due to instability and homelessness.


ISDD works in collaboration with Mary Hall Freedom House, the Georgia Volunteer Health Care Program of the Georgia Department of Public Health, Cobb County Community Service Board, City of Refuge, and Emory University School of Public Health to ensure that children have a medical home and that mothers receive child health literacy training. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Health Tomorrows Partnership for Children program of the Health Services Resources Administration, Maternal and Child Health.


Healthcare Without Walls originally began in one residential treatment program in 2010.  Currently, HWW is providing services to women and children in three different residential programs.  We continue to work to collaborate with other programs in the Metro Atlanta area as we seek to improve the long-term health and well-being of all vulnerable children who have experienced homelessness or other chronic stressors.


Georgia Volunteer Health Care Program (GVHCP) of the Georgia Department of Health (DPH)

Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H17MC28292­02­00, Healthcare Without Walls-Expansion in the amount $105,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Successful mothers and their sons from our Healthcare Without Walls program!

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