Populations at Special Health Risk: Homeless

Daniel B. Herman, Jennifer I. Manuel

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    Abstract

    Although homelessness is widespread in developing countries, it is also distressingly common in the industrialized world, where it has important implications for public health. A variety of health and mental health conditions place individuals at heightened risk of homelessness while contributing to an elevated risk of morbidity and mortality in affected individuals. Homeless persons also place a large burden on the public health delivery system, attributable to high need combined with lack of access to regular sources of routine medical care. To eradicate widespread homelessness will require a sustained commitment by governments, private organizations, and individuals using a broad variety of approaches. These include explicit recognition of a universal right to decent housing for all citizens coupled with specific targeted approaches, including supported housing and critically timed interventions, aimed toward groups seen as particularly vulnerable to homelessness and social exclusion.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
    PublisherElsevier Inc.
    Pages556-562
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)9780128037089
    ISBN (Print)9780128036785
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Oct 6 2016

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    Homeless Persons
    Health
    Population
    Public Health
    Developing Countries
    Mental Health
    Organizations
    Morbidity
    Mortality

    Keywords

    • Disparities
    • HIV
    • Housing
    • Mental health
    • Schizophrenia
    • Social exclusion
    • Stigma
    • Substance abuse

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)

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    Herman, D. B., & Manuel, J. I. (2016). Populations at Special Health Risk: Homeless. In International Encyclopedia of Public Health (pp. 556-562). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803678-5.00348-9

    Populations at Special Health Risk : Homeless. / Herman, Daniel B.; Manuel, Jennifer I.

    International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Elsevier Inc., 2016. p. 556-562.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Herman, DB & Manuel, JI 2016, Populations at Special Health Risk: Homeless. in International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Elsevier Inc., pp. 556-562. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803678-5.00348-9
    Herman DB, Manuel JI. Populations at Special Health Risk: Homeless. In International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Elsevier Inc. 2016. p. 556-562 https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803678-5.00348-9
    Herman, Daniel B. ; Manuel, Jennifer I. / Populations at Special Health Risk : Homeless. International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Elsevier Inc., 2016. pp. 556-562
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