142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Program and policy implication of the gender distribution of LGBTQ identified youth

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Samantha Green, MSc , Applied Survey Research, Watsonville, CA
Over the past 5 years transition age youth have been at the forefront of research across disciplines as a cohort of youth struggle to find their place in difficult economic times.  Transition age youth across the world are experiencing extremely high rates of unemployment; labeled the boomerang generation they are returning to the homes of parents and friends.  Yet, many youth do not have this safety net and transition age youth are one of the fastest growing subpopulations among those experiencing homelessness.  In an effort to address the needs of this population, researchers and policy makers have zeroed in on causes of youth homelessness including poor transitions from foster care and sexual identity, and the challenges homeless youth experience when accessing mainstream homeless services due to their age, gender and sexuality.  The study explores the relationship between youth homelessness, gender and sexual identity as a study of 500 youth, and additional program data showed unexpected numbers of youth who identified, as LGBTQ were female. These data breakdown some stereotyping of the population but also introduce interesting questions for service planning, education and outreach efforts.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Identify the scope and scale of LGBTQ youth homelessness Analyze sexuality and cultural competence in TAY homeless perspective Discuss gender and sexual identification Discuss the LGBTQ youth's personal histories of homeless, health and pubic safety concerns

Keyword(s): Adolescents, Homelessness

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have presented at APHA twice on the methodology of Youth Point-in-Time Homeless Counts, I have conducted PIT counts for the past three years, working with numerous continuums of care and state agencies. My work on homeless youth has been published in peer reviewed journals and I continue to develop new strategies and methods for understanding homelessness in the 21st century.
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.