Valley Homeless Healthcare Program (VHHP) is an internationally recognized program whose mission is to be “the safety net for the safety net.” We are a small group of providers who have a strong calling to work with an underserved patient population. Our group is characterized by:
- High morale. We all LOVE what we do. Every member of our clinical team, from the front desk to the physician staff all genuinely want to be here and do all that we can to deliver the best care for our patients. People imagine that our work with the homeless must be draining. On the contrary, we think that we have the most satisfying and gratifying work, and we feel constantly re-energized.
- Teamwork. We feel that many groups give lip service to this word, but this word truly defines us. As physicians, we are highly supported in our work by an incredible team that includes the strong daily presence of Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work.
- Innovation. Our group is characterized by not being able to be characterized. If you see a need or want to do something, you get to run with it. This is not a doc-in-the-box job. We actually get to be creative with what we do. One example is what we did when we noticed we had a large number of opiate dependent patients. These patients can be very challenging, and we found they were having difficulty accessing recovery resources. We all decided to become buprenorphine certified and now we have a created a weekly “buprenorphine group” run by physicians, psychologists, and a social worker, which has led to tremendous physician and patient satisfaction in this area.
- Public Policy and Community Work. As a homeless healthcare program and as part of our job descriptions, we collaborate with local agencies, elected officials, and community groups to advocate for the homeless community. We are really part of making real change for our community.
Core Purpose of VHHP
To promote human dignity, to relieve suffering and to provide hope so that people can achieve their full potential and improve their quality of life.
Organization / Background
VHHP serves the homeless community of San Jose. We provide preventative, acute and chronic medical care for our patients. Common psychiatric diagnoses we see include: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders. There is a high prevalence of substance abuse in the community, for which our program functions as an integrated team to offer multi-pronged therapies such as buprenorphine and naltrexone, addiction counseling, and medical support group visits.
VHHP is part of the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System (HHS), a county agency comprised of the Valley Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics; Ambulatory Care and Community Health Services; Public Health Department; Mental Health Department; Department of Alcohol and Drug Services, Community Outreach Services; and Valley Health Plan. VHHP has been in existence for thirteen years with a staff of approximately 50 people. Provider staff includes 6 internists, 1 family practitioner, 3 family nurse practitioners, 3 psychiatrists, and 3 psychologists. The staff also includes social workers, nurses, and outreach workers.
We are seeking a 1.0 FTE psychiatry nurse practitioner. This nurse practitioner will work alongside 3 psychiatry medical doctors.
- Masters prepared, Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
VHHP care is based on a set of core values. We are looking for candidates with similar values. These values are as follows:
- Team Care – Caring for complicated patients requires a team. All patients receive care from the entire team including our case managers, nurses, psychologists, and outreach workers. The ability to work within and through this team will be critical for success.
- Flexibility – Many of our sites are in non-traditional settings including shelter based clinics and mobile medical units. Adapting practice styles to these non-traditional settings will be important.
- Patient advocacy – The care provider is an advocate for the patient. Many of these patients have ‘failed’ other mainstream care settings. Advocating and developing creative solutions for their care will be an important aspect of the job.
For further information, please contact:
Mudit Gilotra, MD
Valley Homeless Healthcare Program
Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System
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