By; Reina Hankins
And in Healthcare for the Homeless, we see people with multiple health conditions. They have chronic illnesses, communicable diseases. The health situation of the poorest people in our country is not surprisingly, very, very bad. That, generates cost for all of us. It’s not so much that homeless people, as a population, are a health risk to the rest of the population, though there’s an element of truth in that.
Homeless people often don’t have the sorts of transportation resources. Bus lines don’t go to the right places, they can’t pay for cabs, they don’t have cars. Just getting to a provider is a problem.
Everyone can help prevent homelessness in someway. You can help get someone started and on their feet
There are many providers who don’t want homeless people in their waiting rooms. Homeless people often haven’t had the opportunity to bathe, they sometimes have behavioral health problems, they might be acting out in waiting rooms, they present complex health problems that providers might not be prepared to deal with. And so provider attitudes are reasons people are turned away. They’re a reason why people don’t often go in the first place.
I., and [Announcer] This Podcast Is Presented By The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention. C. "Homelessness And Health." Homelessness and Health – Part I (n.d.): n. pag. Nov. 2010. Web. 8 Apr. 2015.
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