The lack of shelter creates many health hazards for the homeless and the lack of regular health care exacerbates chronic illnesses and fosters poor health practices within this group. Homeless children lack immunizations, evidence developmental delays and have increased school related health problems.
Nursing, along with other health care professions, is concerned about health care available for the homeless. Schools of nursing and individual nurses have joined with other health care providers in developing special programs to meet the needs of this population. These providers have now documented specific information about the composition of the homeless as a group and their health care needs. This book provides a national perspective of nurses' service delivery, research and experiences in working with the homeless.
Juanita K. Hunter is Assistant Professor and Project Director of the Nursing Center for the Homeless at State University of New York at Buffalo's School of Nursing.
"As the triple threat of homelessness, AIDS, and substance abuse erodes the resources of the health care system, information relative to providing care for this 'at risk' population will become more valuable. A book reflective of the experiences of persons working in the field should be invaluable to providers of care and to student educators and researchers. Personally, my belief is that a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural approach to the solution of the problem is imperative. " — Bernardine M. Lacey, Howard
"With the national trend toward cost effective health care delivery and national health care for the uninsured, the work and ideas in this book are overdue. " — Cheryl Taylor, Louisiana State University Medical Center School of Nursing