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Mainz Model: Bringing Health Care to the Homeless

Mainz

Detailed description of the Good Practice

The “Mainz Model” is about bringing health care to the homeless people. It is based on a combination of paid and voluntary work and consists of five modules:

  • open consultation, with both a general practitioner (GP) and a nurse, at a refuge for the homeless;
  • open consultation, with both a GP and a nurse, at a daytime shelter for the homeless;
  • open consultation from a van (Arztmobil) fitted with a consultation “room” in the rear, in places in the city where the homeless are known to be; and
  • medical and palliative care for the seriously/terminally ill in homes for the homeless.
  • assistance for the mentally ill homeless


Social & Health

Objectives of the Good Practice

The project was launched in 1993 has developed gradually ever since.

Participants of the Good Practice

  • Association Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. (Poverty and
  Health in Germany)
  • Voluntary doctors & nurses
  • Diakonisches Werk (a welfare organization run by the German Lutheran Church)
  • Caritas Verband (a German welfare organization run by the Catholic Church)
  • Public health care system

Target group of the Good Practice

Homeless people with health problems (in Mainz, Germany)

Funding of the Good Practice

Voluntary work, support from the public health care system and Christian organizations, donations (mostly from private individuals).

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Available files

Contact details

Prof. Dr. med. Gerhard Trabert
Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. / Mainzer Modell
Barbarossastr. 4, 55118 Mainz
Tel.: +49(0)6131/6279071
Fax: +49(0)6131/6279182

www.armut-gesundheit.de

Data sources and references

www.euro.who.int/document/e80225.pdf
http://www.armut-gesundheit.de (Visited on the 13th October 2008)