Developing and Implementing a Homeless Youth Healthcare Initiative

Thursday, May 17, 2018: 9:30 AM
Lakeshore C (Hyatt Regency Minneapolis)
Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC (Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Nursing)
The Homeless Youth Healthcare initiative is a collaborative project that aims to bring together healthcare and homeless service providers across the Houston, TX community to develop an integrated, comprehensive system of care where homeless youth can easily access a full range of health and mental health services. In YR-1 of this initiative, we have established an interdisciplinary team of healthcare and social service providers able to inform a strategic plan to tackle physical, mental, social, and emotional wellbeing and gaps in services. We are conducting focus groups, key informant interview, surveys, and a healthcare service referral and utilization network analysis.