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Physician joins skid row cleanup to get homeless off the streets
Physician joins skid row cleanup to get homeless off the streets

Armed with a stethoscope, Dr. Susan Partovi walked some of skid row's meanest streets Wednesday, stopping to help a man dazed and stumbling down the sidewalk with blood caked on his head. Luis Trejas, 40, said he'd been beaten up and asked for a cigarette. Partovi dropped her backpack, guided him down to the ground and took his blood pressure. Partovi, the medical field director for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, was part of a team of mental health, social service and medical workers who joined an initiative to curb entrenched homelessness in the 50-block downtown Los Angeles district. As city sanitation workers perform intensive cleanings, county...

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