Discuss the health problems and health service issues associated with homelessness

Discuss the health problems and health service issues associated with homelessness

THE ESSAY SHOULD INCLUDES THE BELOW SUBHEADING

1 Health needs assessment

2 Global Health and Health Inequalities

3 Global health and health inequalities

4 Public health and health promotion.
5 Community empowerment
6 Health policy

7 Politics and ideology

8 Some key public health documents

Spectrum of housing need
Problem of a settings approach
Hard to reach groups
Housing as a determinant of health
homelessness is a major public health problem
The homeless are not an homogenous group.
official and the ‘unofficially homeless’
• Homelessness is associated with increased risk of physical ill health
– Remember that this is not an homogenous group
• A wide range of mental health problems are common in the homeless
– As above
• Health problems might lead to homelessness

• Organisation of health services around the homeless. Many are not registered with a GP and there are other barriers to accessing care such as previous experience of negative attitudes.
• Health service provision needs to be co-ordinated with the work of other agencies. Need for specialist services with specially trained staff.
• Homeless may have pressing survival and social needs and not prioritise their health needs
• Social exclusion and stigma

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