Homelessness Awareness Week (HAW) is February 21-27, 2016. The student members of the Family Medicine Interest Group, Meds-Peds Interest Group, and Health Policy Interest Group of the Keck School of Medicine at USC have planned several events to help you learn about topics relating to homeless health and health care. Through the activities planned for this week, attendees will gain a perspective of how social, cultural, economic, political, and other factors come together to impact homeless health disparities.
These events will empower you with tools and knowledge that will enable you to better care for and advocate for homeless patients on a day-to-day basis. In addition to the events, consider joining an enrichment activity taking place off-campus (see options and sign up at https://goo.gl/hIEx86) or donate clean women’s clothing and toiletries to the Downtown Women’s Center in MDL 204B (please provide all donations by 5 pm on February 26th).
All events are being held at the Keck School of Medicine in McKibben Hall and are open to all USC students, staff, and faculty. All events include free food! Email Justin Trop at email@example.com with questions.
Tuesday, Feb 23: Experiences of Mental Health and Mental Health Service Provision Among the Homeless Population, 5-6:30pm, McKibben Hall 204B. Small group discussion regarding disparities in mental illness among the homeless population, the relationship of mental illness to homelessness, what perceptions exist about this relationship, experiences of living on the streets and trying to maintain mental health, and provision of mental health services to homeless patients.
Wednesday, Feb 24: Clinical Perspectives on Homeless Health Care, 12-1pm, McKibben Hall 149
Through this panel of clinicians who work closely with homeless patients, students will learn about the experience of providing health care to homeless patients and the challenges in doing so as well as health disparities among the homeless population and ways in which medical students, other health professions students, and clinicians can address these health disparities.
Thursday, Feb 25: Housing is Health: Connecting Homeless Patients to Housing, 12-1pm, McKibben Hall 149. A panel discusses housing and its effects on morbidity among homeless individuals. Learn about what types of housing services are available for homeless individuals and the process through which these individuals can access such services.
Thursday Feb 25th: Community Advocacy Around Issues of Homelessness, 1-2pm, McKibben Hall 149.
A panel includes experts in journalism, law enforcement, and medicine who work or have worked as advocates for individuals experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. These individuals will share their experiences and discuss how medical students, other health professions students, and clinicians can best advocate for and promote the health and well-being of homeless individuals.