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Homeless Mortality and the Impact of COVID-19

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

Resource Subtopic: COVID-19, Health Equity.

Keywords: Documentation, Persons Experiencing Homelessness.

Year Developed: 2021

Resource Type: Archived Webinar.

Primary Audience: Administrative Staff C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, 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: This webinar gave an overview of the new Homeless Mortality Data Toolkit, featuring two communities who conduct a thorough review of homeless mortality, including reflections on the impact of COVID-19 on untimely deaths. Determining leading cause of death is a crucial part of health centers\' needs assessment requirements; for any health center serving people without homes, the strategies shared in this discussion should be central.

Resource Details: It feels appropriate that 2020, a year marked by incredible tragedies and hardship, also marks the 30th anniversary of Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. For decades, we have had insufficient data to demonstrate the scale of the problem and develop holistic solutions. Yet as this year marks an important year of change, we believe it is time to intentionally address homeless mortality. The National Homeless Mortality Work Group took this challenge on and developed a Homeless Mortality Toolkit to consolidate lessons and best practices from local communities in creating official mortality reviews. In this Coffee Chat, members of this work group provide an overview of their toolkit, share what we currently know about homeless mortality, and discuss the intersection of homeless mortality and trauma, particularly in the age of COVID.

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 HRSA.gov.