Special Issue "Homelessness and Public Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.
Interests: homelessness; homeless patients; injury control; health advocacy; transformational leadership; media advocacy; safety culture assessment; firefighters wellness
Interests: adolescent health/child health; injury and violence
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On any given night, hundreds of thousands of people are homeless in the United States and Canada, as well as in other developed countries. Globally, the problem is many times worse, making homelessness a global public health and environmental problem.
Homelessness is closely connected to declines in physical and mental health; homeless persons experience high rates of health problems, such as HIV infection, alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness, tuberculosis, and other serious conditions. The health problems facing homeless persons result from various factors, including barriers to healthcare, lack of access to adequate food and protection, and limited resources for social services. Legal and policy interventions have often been used to attempt to address homelessness, although not always from a public health perspective. In healthcare, for example, if someone experiencing homelessness comes to an emergency room with a need for medical aid, the only alternative once treated is to release the patient back onto the street. This creates an endless cycle of emergency room visits, not to mention the challenges patients face in having a successful recovery. The costs are severe, both to the person experiencing homelessness and to the healthcare system.
This Special Issue will explore the public health implications and potential solutions to homelessness, explore emerging research and innovative strategies, and highlight best practices to address homelessness among this key population. In addition to elevating and articulating a clear strategy to reduce homelessness and suggest how to provide more adequate health and housing for this population, authors in this Special Issue will explore solutions for important subpopulations, including young adults, veterans, and those experiencing chronic homelessness.
Prof. Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti
Prof. Dr. David A. Sleet
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- homelessness and health
- emergency department care
- transitional housing
- poverty and the environment
- substance abuse and homeless populations
- living on the street
- injury and homelessness