142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Interprofessional Educational Collaboration: Team Based Care for the Homeless

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM

Laurie French Haas, ACSW, LCSW, PIP , Sociology/Anthropology and Social Work Department, University of South Alabama, MOBILE, AL
Margaret Moore-Nadler, DNP, RN , College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, MOBILE, AL
Clista Clanton, Senior Librarian , Biomedical Library, University of South Alabama, MOBILE, AL
Linda Roussel, DSN, NEA-BC, CNL , School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Published research demonstrates that homeless people feel disregarded and disrespected by healthcare providers.  Rarely do healthcare providers understand the culture of the homeless person, nor are they trained to work collaboratively as a team.  A nurse -managed clinic in a homeless day center providing health promotion and wellness developed an Interprofessional Educational Collaboration (IPEC) within the University of South Alabama.  Undergraduate students from Allied Health, Nursing, and Social Sciences prepare and practice to work as a team.  The team learns to cultivate a culturally sensitive attitude towards people who are homeless in a weekly clinic in Mobile, Alabama.  Students involved in the clinic develop an awareness, knowledge, and understanding that cultural sensitivity promotes care and begins to prepare students to work in an inter-professional healthcare team. 

Patients’ report feeling respected and cared for by the clinic staff and students.  Students report the significance of understanding the homeless people and providing care for this underserved and vulnerable population.  In addition, students learn the importance of preparing to become a member of healthcare team screening for health risk factors and providing health education to patients. 

Participants attending this session will gain an understanding of implementing IPEC within the university at a nurse-managed clinic for the homeless. Moreover, the participants will identify the significance of pre-professionals learning and recognizing the culture of the people who are homeless seeking health and wellness.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Explain the steps for providing effective interprofessional care to the underserved and vulnerable population of homeless persons Describe the culture of the homeless population and identify ways to become culturally sensitive to this population while formulating effective plans for care with an interprofessional team of providers

Keyword(s): Homelessness, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Laurie French Haas holds the M.S.W. from Tulane University (1990). Her professional licenses include the LCSW and PIP in Alabama and the ACSW through National Association of Social Workers. She is past member of Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners. Ms. Haas’ experience involves clinical social work as well as administration in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. She is an approved provider for Continuing Education Credits for the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.