COVID-19 and Homelessness in Boston: Thoughts from the Initial Surge

Jim O'Connell; Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School

The COVID-19 pandemic has cast health inequities into stark relief, though this hasn’t surprised those of us already immersed in the care of homeless persons. Barbara McInnis, a beloved nurse at the Pine Street Inn in 1985 (for whom the Barbara McInnis House for medical respite was named after), lamented that caring for homeless persons offers a unique glimpse of the failures of our mainstream healthcare institutions.