Today is: Monday, March 25

PUBLIC HEALTH FORUM—Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Poor Health: How Can Public Health Be Part of the Solution?

4:30 pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2019
6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street, Boston
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Speaker: Hilary Godwin, Dean and Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington School of Public Health

Homelessness and poor health are intricately linked. Physical and mental health issues are personal risk factors for homelessness, particularly for older adults. Once homeless, individuals are less likely to have access to health services and are at greater risk for a wide range of adverse health outcomes that can in turn make it harder for them to return to housing. About 70 percent of homeless people in King County, Washington, report one or more chronic health conditions, such as physical disabilities, chronic substance use, and severe mental health conditions. About half say their condition prevents them from holding employment, living in stable housing, or taking care of themselves. It is nearly impossible to effectively deliver health care or supportive services for this scope of problems when people live outdoors in scattered and insecure locations. What can we in the public health community do to help break the cycle of homelessness and poor health? Cohosted with Boston University School of Theology.


Lecture 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. Reception to follow. Please register at the link provided.


Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided.

Notes: This event will be recorded (videotaped, audiotaped, and/or photographed) and the recording may be reproduced and distributed on public-facing websites like YouTube and BUniverse. If you prefer not to appear in the recording, please sit in the area designated. If you have questions about where to sit, please speak to the videographer or photographer.