On Saturday the 24th September 2016 at University College Cork the annual Street Medicine Symposium will meet to share information and best practice on Health and Homelessness. The meeting is being organised by the Adult Homeless Integrated Service, HSE South in partnership with the Department of General Practice and GP Vocational Training Scheme, UCC and The Partnership for Health Equity.
There will be plenty of opportunities to interact and connect with ‘Street Medicine’ colleagues from around Ireland and further afield, confirmed speakers include:
My talk will discuss the opportunities to take a Mobile First approach to help meet the complex challenges of homelessness. It will only be a short session but will introduce the 1 hour online CPD accredited HISI course I’ll be launching at the event titled “mHealth: Helping meet the challenges of Homelessness”.
Key points I’ll be looking to introduce/cover include:
> Why we should think ‘Mobile First’ when designing services to serve homeless populations.
> How mobile can help encourage inclusion and ensure homeless populations stay connected and aren’t left behind.
> How Mobile connectivity can help bridge language barriers and create independence and wealth.
> Mobile Communities and Addiction Treatment programs.
> The opportunity Mobile provides us with to serve immigrant Patients.
> The Mobile opportunities for Mobile Fundraising and Awareness.
> mHealth success stories from around the world.
If you have any ideas or suggestions for my please share them in the comments below and I’ll try to add them.
Unfortunately the call for papers closed in July but if you would like to get involved in the event with sponsorship or a booth etc you can contact the organising team on email@example.com
*** UPDATE 23 August 2016: A background reading list ***
Some great shares by Claudia Pagliari kick off a recommended reading list:
Here’s a few others I found interesting:
CNET: Homeless, not phoneless: The app saving society’s forgotten tech users If you became homeless, would you keep your smartphone? One app offers life-saving guidance, in the recognition that someone might not have a bed but likely still has a phone.
Thanks to a nurse colleague (who doesn’t yet have a social media presence!) for this link: STAT: 4 trends in health care that were pioneered in homeless medicine:
“To make health care more accessible and higher quality, insurers and providers are experimenting with a number of new approaches — from storing patient information in the cloud to opening clinics inside of grocery stores.
Close cousins to many of these tactics, however, were implemented even earlier in the homeless health care system. Homeless patients’ unique characteristics — they frequently have multiple chronic conditions, they move around often — overlap with some of the pressures driving medicine’s evolving care model today. And the cost and time constraints of the homeless revealed the weakness of the health care system before others saw it”