Homelessness dramatically undermines personal and community health status. Throughout their lifespans, children, elders, and all who are chronically unsheltered confront cumulative health detriments of exposure, violence, and poor nutrition. With limited access to hygiene opportunities and health services, people experiencing homelessness endure poor continuity of care and some of the poorest health outcomes tolerated in the US health care system.
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council supports clinicians serving 1 million patients per year in 300 Health Care for the Homeless federally qualified health centers and 100 medical respite programs.
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Dr Margaret M. Sullivan joins Ethics Talk to discuss her article, coauthored with Emily E. Lazowy, Dr Jill S. Roncarati, Dr Howard K. Koh, and Dr James J. O’Connell: “Training Clinicians to Care for Patients Where They Are."