Homelessness in Hampton Roads is a systemic challenge and affects the health of both families and single individuals. This initiative is aimed at developing baseline health data for regular participants in the NEST and HART programs and for unsheltered street homeless individuals identified by the City of Norfolk Office to End Homelessness. The team will conduct basic health screening and provide referrals for accessible follow-on care. In addition, students will conduct a systematic study of high-yield cost-effective assists for homeless persons in Norfolk and recommend systems for providing those things on a regular basis.

EVMS students have a long tradition of volunteering with the City of Norfolk’s NEST program for single homeless individuals. This initiative was presented by a student who saw that this vulnerable population could greatly benefit from this type of screening and attention. Students will first define the field - needs, frequencies and patterns - then develop systems for addressing the needs that match the human context.

Students will:

  • Describe various stories that led to homelessness
  • Conduct a literature review, consult with existing street homeless programs and describe what systematic approaches are possible
  • Map the movement and location of homeless individuals
  • Describe common health challenges associated with homelessness
  • List diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to common health challenges experienced by homeless persons
  • Predict the health trajectory of a given participant or family with and without a change of status
  • Describe and defend efficient and effective public responses to homelessness that would likely result in improved health outcomes for homeless persons
  • Develop the requirements for a system that would facilitate health tracking, continuity of care and coordination with care management systems

For more information, contact Service Learning.