Clinical Director of Homeless Care
Cornell Scott Hille Center
400-428 Columbus Ave
New Haven, CT 06510
Browns Summit, NC, 27214
Phil Costello serves as the Clinical Director of Homeless Care for Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center in New Haven. In this role, he leads medical and case management teams that work with people who are formerly or currently experiencing homelessness. Phil partners with community agencies, soup kitchens and shelters to provide medical care to New Haven’s homeless and formerly homeless population. He also provides medical care to people in substance use rehabilitation programs and to people who have recently been released from incarceration. Phil and his team work throughout the city to provide onsite services including outreach, first aid, specialty referrals and prescriptions. Phil also helps to coordinate other healthcare volunteers at partner organizations such as the Yale Hypertension Awareness & Prevention Program. In practicing street medicine, Phil adheres to certain tenets. Among these, he advises to be mindful and present during interactions on the street. He feels that caregivers should take the time to acknowledge and advocate for the needs of others, while building trusting relationships that will ultimately serve to help improve peoples’ lives.
Phil holds a Master’s degree, APRN Family Practice and Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Saint Joseph and a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Haven. He has volunteered for many years as a ski patrol medic at Mount Southington and is an adjunct professor of nursing at University of Saint Joseph. He is an avid boater and former board member of Sleeping Giant Park Association. Known lovingly as “Dr. Phil” by his patients, there is no doubt that he has made a marked difference in providing access to medical care for vulnerable populations in the greater New Haven area.