Community Health Net Launches Telemedicine Initiative to Serve Erie’s Homeless Population

The effort represents a leap forward in caring for our community’s most vulnerable.

Erie, PA – Community Health Net (CHN), the leading Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the Lake Erie region, is proud to announce the launch of a groundbreaking telemedicine program aimed at providing essential healthcare services to Erie’s homeless population. This initiative marks a significant leap forward in addressing the healthcare needs of the community’s most vulnerable individuals.

With the ongoing prevalence of homelessness and the challenges posed by traditional healthcare delivery methods, CHN has developed the “Taking Healthcare to the Homeless with Telemedicine” initiative. The effort leverages cutting-edge telemedicine technology to ensure that no one is denied access to essential healthcare services due to their living conditions.

“CHN will deploy our mobile healthcare professionals equipped with the latest telemedicine tools,” said Craig Ulmer, CEO of Community Health Net. “These teams will visit strategic locations throughout Erie, including shelters and community centers, to provide on-the-spot medical consultations and treatments.”

The program will offer a wide range of healthcare services, from routine check-ups and screenings to behavioral health support. The goal is to address both immediate health concerns and long-term wellness. By bringing healthcare directly to the homeless population through telemedicine, the organization aims to eliminate the barriers that often prevent homeless individuals from seeking care. The telemedicine approach allows for timely medical attention without the need for transportation or appointment scheduling.

“Homelessness should not be a barrier to receiving quality healthcare,” said Thierno Barry, Board Chairman for Community Health Net. “Our telemedicine program represents a compassionate, dignified, and innovative solution to helping one of our most vulnerable populations. We are excited to see the positive impact it will have on our community.”

Community Health Net is calling on the community to support this life-changing program by participating in Erie Gives Day on August 13th. Donations made on this day will directly fund the telemedicine initiative, including the purchase of equipment, training of healthcare professionals, and operational costs.


About Community Health Net

Community Health Net is a Federally Qualified Health Center with seven locations and greater than 35 years of service. CHN is the preeminent, community-focused healthcare network advancing the wellness of the Lake Erie Region.  Its mission is to improve the region’s quality of life by providing professional healthcare services with compassion, respect, and dignity to all.

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