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Homeless Persons Mortality Toolkit

Resource Topic: Emerging Issues, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Research and Data, Compliance, Health Equity, Policy and Advocacy.

Keywords: Documentation, Persons Experiencing Homelessness, Research.

Year Developed: 2020

Resource Type: Toolkit.

Primary Audience: Administrative Staff C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, COOs, CMOs, etc) Clinicians

Language(s): English

Developed by: National Health Care for the Homeless Council (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: Homelessness is deadly. People without homes are more vulnerable to virtually every illness and injury and die, on average, 30 years earlier than housed people. As part of health centers' required periodic needs assessment, cause of death for people experiencing homelessness must be measured: this toolkit shows you how.

Resource Details: In 2019, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council initiated the Homeless Mortality Data Workgroup to unite expertise on homeless mortality reviews across the county. The workgroup includes a diverse range of experts and researchers charged with sharing best practices on how localities carry out homeless mortality work, discussing how to best organize mortality data reports, and planning advocacy work that can be carried out with, and on behalf of, homeless mortality data. The workgroup has begun to compile their lessons learned in our Homeless Mortality Toolkit, seen below. This toolkit shares the findings and implications from the communities who conduct homeless mortality reviews, as well as provides guidance on developing or improving a homeless mortality review. Lessons include how to create partnerships, methods of data collection and analysis, and examples of how communities have used this information to address homeless mortality.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit