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Is Homelessness a Public Health & Healthcare Issue?

15 Mar 2022 9:11 PM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

Register for the March 25th virtual program and gain an understanding on this critical question if homelessness is a public health and healthcare issue? 

Over the past ten years, there has been much attention on reducing poverty and achieving functional zero in homelessness. Nevertheless, unfortunately, government leaders and others have not supported top providers or best practices to make a difference or meet goals.  Chicago is trying to address homelessness and has in many ways over the years.

If the lack of focus and priority standing among policymakers, corporate among issues and private allocation of resources and worsening trends are the performance metric, then we deserve an "F" on both counts. A recent panelist gave this grade during a virtual program held by IOMC in February.

As an example, Chicago reduced the number of homeless beds by 10% (from 3300 pre-pandemic to 3,000 now). During the pandemic, there has been a well-documented surge in the mental health, opioid and homeless epidemics, mainly due to the pandemic.

A dynamic discussion is planned with our outstanding speakers. 

Moderator: Courtney Avery, MPH, Board Director, Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Billings Society Fellow

  • Neli Vazquez-Rowland, President and Co-founder, A Safe Haven Foundation
  • Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D) - Previous General Assembly (101st) 8th District
  • Joel Segal, National Campaign Director of the Bring America Home Campaign

More details and to register  visit this page.


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