Current Leader

Courtney Pladsen

Courtney Pladsen
Location: Portland, Maine Cohort Start Year: 2018 Project Topics: Addiction and Substance Abuse, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Health Care Access, Public, Population and Community Health Populations Served: At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Homeless Populations, Immigrants and Refugees, Incarcerated or Formerly Incarcerated Populations, Low-Income Communities, People with Addictions, Urban Communities
Nurse Practitioner/Medical Respite Program Director
Greater Portland Health/Maine Medical Center

Housing is health care. People who are experiencing homelessness have difficulty recovering from acute illness and face many barriers to receiving medical care. In Portland, Maine, I am leading the development of a medical respite program that will provide safe living conditions for homeless individuals who are acutely ill. The program will provide a holistic approach with the support of both social and medical staff to ensure that individuals can be their healthiest selves.

As a teen, Courtney Pladsen experienced homelessness; this experience fostered the belief that every person deserves the dignity of a home. Currently, as a medical provider serving the homeless, she is working to develop systemic solutions to address social determinants of health through the development of a medical respite program.


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