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Connecting Durham's Homeless to Health Care

Jen Robinson in studio for her Meet.

As a child Jen Robinson had it rough. She grew up in an abusive household and periodically was forced to live in homeless shelters, but those turbulent times have given her insights that are useful to her in her career now.

Robinson is a health worker who works for Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham connecting people experiencing homelessness with primary care. She spends time on the streets helping her clients with many of their daily needs, from getting to doctors appointments to accessing resources to find housing and employment. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Jen Robinson about her life and work. 

Hady Mawajdeh is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. He listened to Fresh Air growing up and fell in love with public radio. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communication at Texas State University and specialized in electronic media. He worked at NPR affiliate stations KUT and KUTX in Austin, Texas as an intern, producer, social media coordinator, and a late-night deejay.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.