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DWW-SBSM is dedicated to providing free, volunteer medical care for the most vulnerable of Santa Barbara County, when and where they are in need, including in times of disaster, and to provide education and training for DWW-SBSM volunteers and others, in order to promote the excellent practice of humanitarian medicine in our hometown and elsewhere. [...]

About Us


DWW-SBSM (DWW-SBSM) provides free, volunteer medical care to the most vulnerable of Santa Barbara county through an innovative brand of healthcare delivery called “street medicine.” Download the DWW-SBSM Fact Sheet here. Download the DWW-SBSM Policies and Procedures Manual Here. DWW-SBSM was founded in 2005 by three family physicians: Mark Stinson MD, Sabina Diehr MD and Noemi “Mimi” [...]



Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine is a 501 (c) non profit organization, all donations are 100% tax deductible. For more information view our most recent financial report or our “Why Donate” page.   Ways to support Doctors without Walls Make a One Time Online Donation Become a partner by donating monthly Monthly Amount Donate: [...]

What is Street Medicine?

Street Medicine is the term used to define a collaboration of professionals who deliver health care and related services directly to people living and sleeping on the streets and in austere environments.

The term Street Medicine was coined by pioneer Dr. Jim Withers, one of the leaders in the movement, and one of the inspirations behind the creation of DWW-SBSM


Recent Updates

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  • Paul Jaconette, DWW-SBSM Board President

    Our New Board President

    Experienced Healthcare Advocate Elected President of DWW- SBSM by: Pierre Kobierski, DWW-SBSM Communications      At last quarter’s board meeting, Paul Jaconette, MPH, was unanimously voted the new President of Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine, of which he has been a volunteer since August 2011. Jaconette, who earned his Bachelor of the Arts degree [...]

  • The Word on the Street: March 2015

    “Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves.” – James Joyce, Ulysses   On behalf of the communications team at Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine (DWW-SBSM), we would like to thank you [...]

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    International Street Medicine Symposium 2014: Dublin

    DWW Members Head to the Emerald Isle Zoe Teton, DWW-SBSM, communications team   Last October, nine members of Doctors Without Walls took part in the 10th Annual International Street Medicine Symposium in Dublin, Ireland. It was the first ISMS to be held outside of the U.S. and our hosts took pains to demonstrate the respect they [...]

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    INT75 Spotlight: Meet Officer Hove

    By: Christina Spandler, DWW-SBSM Communications Intern On one of Officer Keld Hove’s rare free nights he gave me the opportunity to learn more about his vocation and the art of restorative policing. Officer Hove has been working as an officer for 16 years and in 2008 he joined the Tactical Control Force – a bicycle [...]

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    SB Glow in the Park

    This bucketlist experience and field dinner, brought to you by the same experts of Citrus Classic Balloon Festival, is an inaugural balloon glow fundraiser at Eling’s Park to benefit Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine. Glow In The Park opens with a VIP Welcome Reception and tethered balloon rides for sponsors, followed by [...]

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    Seaside with Dr. Jim Withers

    by: Andrew Giang, DWW-SBSM communications intern John Geddes once wrote, “You don’t need a calling to minister love.” Yet in a conversation about the street medicine movement with Dr. Jim Withers and Dr. Jason Prystowsky, it becomes abundantly clear that nothing compares to the instance when profession coexists with passion. On this particularly warm February afternoon, [...]

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    In the News

    Doctors Without Walls Has been featured in the news several times recently.  Read all of the details below.  You can see other instances of DWW in the news on our “Press Releases” page.   Santa Barbara Street Medicine on “Community Matters“ Host: Ed Girun Monday, December 17th, 2012, “Community Matters” Radio Show Several of our DWW [...]

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    “Companion Care is a vital element. It is an institution of people helping to keep others from slipping through the cracks. Thank you.” – Scotty Written by: Lauren Fryling I first met Scotty about a month ago when I, along with a member of the Companion Care program, brought Scotty to his appointment at the [...]

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    New DWW Fact Sheet

    DWW has compiled and published out first ever Fact Sheet to give volunteers, beneficiaries, journalists, and members of the community some of the essential information and statistics about out origination. The fact sheet can be downloaded HERE as a PDF.  It can also be found permanently on out About Us page. Please contact us if you have any further [...]

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