142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Ending Elder Homelessness through Service-Enriched Housing

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Anna Bissonnette, RN, MS , Hearth, Inc., Boston, MA
The number of older adults experiencing homelessness in the United States is projected to nearly double in the coming decade, and will be accompanied by substantial health-care related challenges, stemming from this population’s complex health needs and heavy use of costly acute health services.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the causes of the increase in the number of homeless elders; as well as the mental health and substance use disorders, medical conditions, and geriatric syndromes common in this population. Describe and demonstrate the success of a service-enriched housing model that leads to improved health outcomes and reductions in the use of acute health care services leading to financial savings to Medicare and Medicaid.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Founder and Director of Hearth, Inc., a Boston based organization that has 188 units of service-enriched housing including 43 units of Assisted Living for formerly homeless elders, and an Outreach Program that serves over 300 currently homeless elders each year. Hearth has helped house over 1800 elders since its founding in 1991. My work has focused on advocacy and health care for the elderly, and community activism on the quality of life of aging people.
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.