Sociodemographic characteristics, inequities associated with access to in-person, remote elementary schooling during pandemic in New York State

What The Study Did: Among the few New York state public school districts providing full-time in-person elementary school instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, most districts served predominately white students, rural/suburban students and children who were not disadvantaged (children who were…

Symptoms of depression, anxiety among women experiencing homelessness/unstable housing during pandemic

What The Study Did: About half the women experiencing homelessness and unstable housing who were surveyed experienced symptoms of depression or anxiety or both during the pandemic and, in addition to unmet subsistence needs and social isolation, these symptoms were…

Sea-level rise may worsen existing Bay Area inequities

Rather than waiting for certainty in sea-level rise projections, policymakers can plan now for future coastal flooding by addressing existing inequities among the most vulnerable communities in flood zones, according to Stanford research. Using a methodology that incorporates socioeconomic data…

UHN announces first-in-Canada Social Medicine Modular Housing in Parkdale, in partnership with the City and United Way Greater Toronto

University Health Network (UHN) and the Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine, in partnership with the City of Toronto and United Way Greater Toronto (UWGT), are creating what is believed to be the first of its kind in Canada, Social Medicine Supportive Housing site in Parkdale, Toronto.

UCLA/VA Center for Excellence for Veteran Resilience and Recovery in Homelessness and Behavioral Health to Sponsor May 27 Academic/Public Conference

Dr. Kenneth Wells, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, will collaborate with colleagues at UCLA and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to lead this week’s “Veteran Resilience and Recovery” conference at UCLA, created to focus on the veteran community, including addressing homelessness and behavioral health.

Blockchain as ‘TechQuity’: How tech solutions have the power to help the homeless

AUSTIN, Texas — For people experiencing homelessness, missing proof of identity can be a major barrier to receiving critical services, from housing to food assistance to health care. Physical documents such as driver’s licenses are highly susceptible to loss, theft…

Living for today: Exposure to disaster may cause impatience in children

Study finds that children who experienced housing loss in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake are more inclined to opt for short-term gratification Tokyo – Living through a tragic event might make us more inclined to live for the moment,…

Financial strain predicts future risk of homelessness and partly explains the effect of mental illness

Financial strains like debt or unemployment are significant risk factors for becoming homeless, and even help to explain increased risk of homelessness associated with severe mental illness, reports a study in a supplement to the April issue of Medical Care. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Implementation of recuperation unit, hospitalization rates among people experiencing homelessness with COVID-19

What The Study Did: Boston experienced a COVID-19 surge that disproportionately affected persons experiencing homelessness and a large safety-net hospital implemented a novel COVID-19 recuperation unit for these patients that provided isolation, quarantine and treatment for substance use. Researchers aimed…

Assessment of hotel-based COVID-19 isolation, quarantine strategy for people experiencing homelessness

What The Study Did: This study suggests that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, a hotel- based isolation and quarantine strategy that delivers integrated medical and behavioral health support to people experiencing homelessness can be done safely outside the hospital setting. Authors:…

January 2021 highlights from AJPH

Highlights from January 2021 issue of AJPH. Better use of HIV prevention funds could substantially cut new infections; Study explores link between natural disasters, onset of headaches, digestive and back problems; Backpack medicine a promising way to reach people who are homeless during COVID-19; Successful contact tracing programs require a sustainable workforce

Study suggests increased risk of restraint use in black patients in the emergency setting

DES PLAINES, IL — A study published in the most recent issue of Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM), journal showed an increased risk of restraint use in Black patients compared with white patients in the emergency setting. The risk was not…

Six uOttawa COVID-19 mental health projects receive $1 million CIHR funding

Six University of Ottawa-affiliated projects focusing on COVID-19’s impact on mental health have won important funding grants totaling over $1 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The Government of Canada’s Knowledge Synthesis Grant: COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding…

An AI algorithm to help identify homeless youth at risk of substance abuse

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — While many programs and initiatives have been implemented to address the prevalence of substance abuse among homeless youth in the United States, they don’t always include data-driven insights about environmental and psychological factors that could contribute…

Public health consequences of policing homelessness

Two weeks ago, Colorado State Patrol troopers began clearing out nearly 200 residents from homeless encampments that surround the Colorado Capitol. The enforcement of city ordinances like camping bans, park curfews and obstructions of public passageways is lawful. But the…

Homeless people are more likely to be put on ventilators for respiratory infections than non-homeless

Researchers from UCLA, Harvard Medical School and the University of Tokyo found that during a recent six-year period, homeless people in New York state were more likely to hospitalized and treated with mechanical ventilators for respiratory infections than people who are not homeless. These findings have implications for the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Impact on environmental justice

New Rochelle, NY, June 16, 2020–COVID-19 is like a heat-seeking missile that targets the most vulnerable. The bull’s-eye is environmental justice communities, which are the poorest, the most polluted, and the sickest when it comes to comorbidities. A Roundtable Discussion…

Majority of cannabis use in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for therapeutic purposes

Most people at high risk of overdose in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside who use cannabis do so for pain relief and other therapeutic reasons–and they may be at lower risk of overdosing on opioids as a result, suggests new research published…

DePaul University experts available to discuss recovery, life after the COVID-19 pandemic

Recovery. Reentry. Reopen. Return. A new normal. Faculty experts at DePaul University are available for news media interviews about what comes next — after the COVID-19 pandemic. Does the world return to normal or will there be fundamental changes to how we live our lives, work, and travel; and how we are governed?

COVID-19 in humanitarian settings and lessons learned from past epidemics

April 8, 2020 — “COVID-19 in Humanitarian Settings and Lessons Learned from Past Epidemics” published in Nature Medicine , invokes a global response to protect the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors make the point that displaced populations,…

Housing prescriptions improve health outcomes in children, anxiety and depression in adults

BOSTON – Results of a study show that enrollment in a program that supports housing and health needs of medically complex families was associated with improved child health and parent mental health within six months. The program, Housing Prescription as…

SFU research uses simulation game to alter beliefs about poverty

In advancing research to tackle the problem of burgeoning global economic inequality, researchers at Simon Fraser University used a poverty simulation game called SPENT to foster greater understanding of what causes poverty and economic inequality. In research published in the…

Commentary on an approach to Indigenous homelessness

Indigenous historian and York University professor Jesse Thistle and Dr. Janet Smylie, a Métis family physician and research chair at Unity Health Toronto and the University of Toronto, who are leading the development of a separate guideline specifically to address…