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.
MORE ABOUT COURTNEY
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.
COURTNEY’S WORK AND VISION
- Mutuality in Patient-Doctor Relationships (safety BX Podcast)
- Nurses Leading with Care by Reaching Beyond their Walls (National Association of Community Health Centers)