While understanding the importance of individual stories, DWW is keenly aware of the substance of data and statistics. During each patient encounter a scribe records patient demographic info such as age and time spent homeless in addition to their medical history. In order to provide the community with transparent information regarding our organization we have aggregated this data below. We also understand the importance of comparing this data, openly, with that of others in Santa Barbara and around the world. Refer to our articles page as well as the Common Ground SB website for info on what others are doing to solve this problem and what this data means for our friends and neighbors on the street. We will continue to update this information as it becomes available.
The following data was collected from January 1st to December 31st of 2012.
In 2012 our street clinics saw a total of 1030 patients of those 82% were male and 18% female. Street clinics are held in Alameda Park (27%), Pershing Park (54%), Isla Vista (5%), the Warming Shelter (10%), and occasionally other locations (4%)
We see a variety of conditions in our street clinics the majority of which are infections (30%) often caused by the conditions of living outside, followed by general pain (12%), skin conditions (9%), and wounds (8%) [fig. 2].[conditions graph]
Another important statistic is time spent in the current episode of homelessness [fig. 3]. Although the average is 6.2 years the median time is 2.0 years, and as you can see on the graph below the most common length of time is less than 1 year homeless.[homeless graph]
Lastly we see patients of all ages by the average age is 46 [fig. 4].[age graph]
Women’s Free Homeless Clinic
DWW-SBSM conducted 31 Women’s Clinics in 2012 with an average of 33 clients at each clinic. a total of 3035 women were served in 2012.
We understand the importance of data in assessing the need of underserved populations in our community and will continue to improve our data collection and presentation in the future. If you would like to find out more about us or have ANY suggestion for how we could better present these data to the public please contact us.
See data from previous years: 2011 Data.