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19 Homelessness and Health Disparities

19 Homelessness and Health Disparities - Disparities...

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Homelessness and Health  Disparities
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Summary AMA study 1. 3.4M homeless nationwide (2009) 2. Homeless suffer from variety of chronic  diseases such as diabetes, arthritis 3. Homeless have less access to care 4. For most, the ER is the place where  primary care is provided – this is expensive  care 5. When homeless present for care they are  sicker and it is later in the disease process
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6. Health care for homeless places burden on  individual and community 7. Intervention by social services and health  professionals lowers disease burden, costs  and social impact
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Homeless in America Studies of the homeless are limited to  the number of people counted in  shelters. These numbers do not include people  living on the street.
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The most common causes of homelessness  in U.S. are poverty and shortage of  affordable rent More men than women. Families are  largest growing segment 
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Most are victims of violent crimes –  battered women often choose between  abuse and homelessness (esp. in rural  areas) 25% lack needed medical care About 70% of the homeless live in central  cities where services are available
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