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Homelessness and Health

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Time: 2:00 PM ET

Homelessness has been found to cause and exacerbate serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. The prevalence of mental illness and substance use along with co-occurring chronic health conditions is significantly higher in individuals experiencing homelessness, which has implications for the delivery and cost of service for this population.

Homelessness is a complex social factor that is closely connected to health and health care. To improve care for homeless patients, essential hospitals must be involved in larger, community-based efforts that bridge the gap between health care and social supports, including housing.

In this webinar, University of Vermont discussed how they have built successful relationships with community partners to address housing instability. The supportive housing program—developed by a partnership between a hospital, a housing trust and a community health center—is improving the health of those struggling with chronic homelessness and saving money.

Speakers:

Kalpana Ramiah, DrPH
Director of Research
America’s Essential Hospitals

Erin Ahearn LICSW, LADC
Homeless Healthcare Program Manager
Clinical Social Worker
Safe Harbor Health Center

Margaret Bozik
Associate Director of Asset Management
Champlain Housing Trust
Burlington, Vermont

Jason W. Williams
Senior Government Relations Strategist
University of Vermont Medical Center

Suggested Participants:
All members of America’s Essential Hospitals were encouraged to attend.

Speakers

Kalpana Ramiah, DrPH
Director of Research
America’s Essential Hospitals

Erin Ahearn LICSW, LADC
Homeless Healthcare Program Manager
Clinical Social Worker
Safe Harbor Health Center

Margaret Bozik
Associate Director of Asset Management
Champlain Housing Trust
Burlington, Vermont

Jason W. Williams
Senior Government Relations Strategist
University of Vermont Medical Center

Suggested Participants

All members of America’s Essential Hospitals were encouraged to attend.

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