Integrated service settings open doors for youth experiencing homelessness 

August 4, 2016

12:00pm- 1:30pm EDT

Young people through the age of 24 make up about one-third of all persons experiencing homelessness and the U.S. government aims to end youth homelessness by 2020. Providers in integrated care settings can play an important role in meeting this challenge as seeking health care can be a young person’s first step to leaving the street. Youth experiencing homelessness have a complex array of medical, behavioral and social problems that benefit from the skills of staff working in integrated care sites. For example, youth experiencing homelessness frequently suffer from psychological trauma and also have acute reproductive health and substance abuse problems. Visits for clinical care offer providers a window of opportunity to address the immediate needs of youth experiencing homelessness and to work on long term goals in a setting they consider safe and trustworthy. Join this webinar to enhance your knowledge and skills for working with youth experiencing homelessness and with the social service agencies key to securing housing and other supports.

After this webinar, participants will:
  • Appreciate the risk factors for homelessness among youth and understand its life cycle
  • Understand the complex array of health, behavioral and social issues that need to be addressed during clinical encounters with youth experiencing homelessness
  • Have the knowledge of how to engage homeless youth and earn their trust
  • Identify and collaborate with partners at the community and/or state level that can facilitate access to shelter, housing and other key supports for youth experiencing homelessness
  • Use specific tools and interventions to identify, and improve outcomes for, youth experiencing homelessness
  • Leslie Walker, MD, Past Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital; Past Professor & Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine; Incoming Chair of Pediatrics, Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

  • Susan Marie, MD, Medical Director for Behavioral Health, Old Town Clinic, Central City Concern; Clinical Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

  • Juli Hishida, MS, Project Manager, National Health Care for the Homeless Council 

Please note the following:

  • Registration is free and closed captioning is available upon request.

  • The audio for this webcast is via computer speakers and not telephone. We recommend using external speakers for desktop computers to ensure best audio quality. Test your system here >>

  • The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions does not provide certificates of attendance or continuing education credits for webinar attendance.

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