Research Seminar: 'Community Participation among People Who are Homeless' Sara Feng-Hang Chang

12:00 pm on Wednesday, April 17, 2013
1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Talbot 519
Please join us on Wednesday, 4/17/2013 at 12:00pm, where Sara Chang will present “Community Participation among People Who are Homeless” Community participation has been regarded as a goal for people with rehabilitation needs. Regardless of its significance, we have limited knowledge about homeless people’s community participation. This presentation contains two studies. The first study explored how homeless people participate in the community, and whether their community participation is associated with health and quality of life. 104 participants from housing programs and homeless shelter participated in this study. Results showed that the majority of the homeless individuals participated in numerous health services use and social and leisure activities. Only a small number of individuals participated in work related activities. Their community participation was significantly correlated with QOL and health. Further investigations are needed in understanding the meaning and satisfaction in participation in those activities to homeless individuals. Using the same dataset, the second study examined the factors that influence homeless individuals’ community participation by using the ICF model. Numerous activity, personal, and environmental factors were identified. Generally, individuals with less functional limitations, individuals with a relationship/spouse/partner, and those who were currently homeless participated in more community activities. The findings reveal information regarding different work, social and leisure, and health services use patterns in people with different capabilities ad in different situations. Further investigation is recommended to understand different homeless individuals’ needs of services to progress them toward sustainable levels of participation in the community. The seminar will be held on the 5th floor of the West wing of the Talbot Building at the BU School of Public Health. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP to Iliana Ycute (, if you plan to attend.