Looking at the Rural Homelessness Experience: Definitions, Data, and Solutions

From the Rural Health Information Hub

by Kay Miller Temple, MD

“Since it is clearly linked to certain medical conditions — and intuitively linked to overall health and well-being — housing is included in several federal health agencies’ social determinants of health (SDOH) frameworks. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion points to another housing experience linked to health and well-being: homelessness, described by some experts as “housing deprivation in its most severe form.”

Medical Conditions and the Homelessness Experience

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office for State, Tribal, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) points out that homelessness creates health problems that “result from various factors, such as barriers to care, lack of access to adequate food and protection, and limited resources and social services.” Experts in the field of homelessness and public health said this is not only costly in terms of annual healthcare dollars — higher for those experiencing homelessness in contrast for those in more secure housing situations — but costly in terms of the negative impact on human dignity and well-being.”

Read more at: https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/rural-monitor/rural-homelessness/

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