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YTH StreetConnect: Development and Usability of a Mobile App for Homeless and Unstably Housed Youth

YTH StreetConnect: Development and Usability of a Mobile App for Homeless and Unstably Housed Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article describes a study with the objective to develop a mobile app, called YTH StreetConnect, to support homeless and unstably housed (H/UH) youth and their providers in accessing health care and vital resources. In Phase I, the researchers conducted a literature review on mobile phone and internet usage by H/UH youth and interviewed H/UH providers to inform the app prototype development process. In Phase II, they conducted focus groups with H/UH youth participants to test the usability of the YTH StreetConnect app. From the usability testing, participants proposed improvements to the app, including visual updates to the user interface, map icons, new underrepresented resource categories, and the addition of a peer-rating system. The study found that YTH StreetConnect is a promising way to increase service utilization, provide referral access, and share resources among H/UH youth and providers. The feedback garnered from H/UH youth and providers offers insights on how to improve future models of YTH StreetConnect and similar programs that assist H/UH youth.

Accession number
25564
Authors
Sheoran, B., Silva, C.L., Lykens, J.E., Gamedze, L., Williams, S., Ford, J.V., Habel, M.A.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

JMIR mHealth and uHealth

Volume new
4
Year published new
2016
Availability

Full-text article available online free of charge: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4965613/

Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma

Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The Center for Health Care Strategies produced this brief as a technical assistance tool to help providers screen for exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma among adult and pediatric patients. The brief draws from the findings of a multi-site demonstration pilot study called Advancing Trauma-Informed Care (ATC). The ATC study sought to identify trauma-informed methods for the health care sector. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25741
Authors
Schulman, M., Maul, A.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Center for Health Strategies

Series
Technical Assistance Tool
Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the CHCS website at: https://www.chcs.org/resource/screening-for-adverse-childhood-experienc…

Runaway Youth: Caring for the Nation’s Largest Segment of Missing Children

Runaway Youth: Caring for the Nation’s Largest Segment of Missing Children
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This article discusses the role pediatricians and other health care professionals have in supporting runaway youth, addressing their unique health needs, fostering positive relationships within their families and with other supportive adults, and connecting them with available community resources. This report provides clinical guidance for pediatricians and other health care professionals regarding (1) the identification of adolescents who are at risk for running away or being thrown away and (2) the management of the unique medical, mental health, and social needs of these youth. The authors contend that pediatricians can significantly reduce risk and improve long-term outcomes for runaway youth in partnership with national, state, and local resources. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25880
Authors
Gambon, T.B., Gerwirtz, J.R.
Type new
Journal Article
Organization

American Academy of Pediatrics

Journal Name

Pediatrics

Volume new
145
Year published new
2020
Availability

Quality Health Care for Homeless Children: Achieving the AAP Recommendations for Care of Homeless Children and Youth

Quality Health Care for Homeless Children: Achieving the AAP Recommendations for Care of Homeless Children and Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article assessed whether and how health care organizations serving homeless pediatric patients meet American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations. The researchers conducted a web-based survey of federally funded Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Program grantees serving children and youth and found that federally qualified health care center status was associated with meeting more AAP recommendations. The survey results indicate that the HCH programs largely meet AAP recommendations but need to integrate comprehensive care into acute visits more often. The researchers suggest disseminating best practices to support AAP guideline adherence. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25759
Authors
Chatterjee, A., So, M., Dunleavy, S., Oken, E.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

Volume new
28
Year published new
2017

Laying the Groundwork for Trauma-Informed Care

Laying the Groundwork for Trauma-Informed Care
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the Center for Health Care Strategies outlines practical recommendations for health care organizations that would like to become more trauma informed. Using data from the pilot study sites of the Advancing Trauma-Informed Care national initiative, this brief offers a starting point for health care organizations to generate buy-in for trauma-informed care, educate staff about secondary traumatic stress, improve hiring practices, and enhance the physical, social, and emotional environments for patients with histories of trauma. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25742
Authors
Schulman, M., Menschner, C.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Center for Health Strategies

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the CHCS website at: https://www.chcs.org/resource/laying-groundwork-trauma-informed-care/

Educating Emergency Department Staff on the Identification and Treatment of Human Trafficking Victims

Educating Emergency Department Staff on the Identification and Treatment of Human Trafficking Victims
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article discusses a project that looked at the efficacy of an online training module designed for emergency department (ED) personnel to screen for human trafficking victims. The project team developed this training module because evidence shows most trafficking victims receive medical treatment in emergency departments while in captivity; however, medical personnel are unprepared to identify and treat victims. They tested the module in two suburban hospitals with 75 ED medical personnel, where they found almost 90% of the participants had no previous training on human trafficking. Less than half of the participants stated they had a comprehensive understanding of human trafficking before the intervention, with an increase to 93% after education. The training significantly increased the confidence of the participants to both identify and treat human trafficking victims.

Accession number
25831
Authors
Donahue, S., Schwien, M., LaVallee, D.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

Journal of Emergency Nursing

Volume new
45
Year published new
2019
Availability

Civil Legal Services and Medical-Legal Partnerships Needed by the Homeless Population: A National Survey

Civil Legal Services and Medical-Legal Partnerships Needed by the Homeless Population: A National Survey
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article examines civil legal needs among people experiencing homelessness and the extent to which medical-legal partnerships exist in homeless service sites, which promote the integration of civil legal aid professionals into health care settings. A national sample of 48 homeless service sites across 26 states was surveyed in November 2015. The survey asked about needs, attitudes, and practices related to civil legal issues, including medical-legal partnerships. More than 90 percent of the homeless service sites reported that their patients experienced at least one civil legal issue, particularly around housing, employment, and health insurance. Only half of all sites reported screening patients for civil legal issues, and only 10 percent had a medical-legal partnership. Sites that served homeless youth and had received previous training on legal screening were more likely to have a medical-legal partnership. The large majority of sites reported interest in receiving training on screening for civil legal issues and development medical-legal partnerships. There is great need and potential to deploy civil legal services in health settings to serve unstably housed populations. Training homeless service providers how to screen for civil legal issues and how to develop medical-legal partnerships would better equip them to provide comprehensive care. (Author Abstract Modified)  

Accession number
25393
Authors
Tsai, J., Jenkins, D., Lawton, E.
Type new
Journal Article
Organization

Division of Mental Health Services Research, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Journal Name

American Journal of Public Health

Volume new
107
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available by subscription or purchase on the journal website: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2016.303596.

Building Systems of Integrated Student Support: A Policy Brief for Local and State Leaders

Building Systems of Integrated Student Support: A Policy Brief for Local and State Leaders
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the Center for Promise at Boston University in collaboration with the Center for Optimized Student Support at Boston College provides an overview of how integrated student support (ISS) systems help promote academic success and improve life outcomes by removing barriers and coordinating services and resources. The brief provides policymakers and stakeholders at the state and local levels with policy recommendations and guidance about ISS for children, youth, and families. This brief includes examples of ISS systems implemented at state and local levels.

Accession number
25723
Authors
J. Wasser Gish
Type new
Brief
Organization

Americas Promise Alliance

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Americas Promise Alliance website at: https://www.americaspromise.org/resource/building-systems-integrated-st…

Are Homeless Families Connected to the Social Safety Net?

Are Homeless Families Connected to the Social Safety Net?
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief, from the ACF Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), examines whether families experiencing homelessness are connected to the benefits and services of the social safety net. Using data from the Family Options Study, researchers found these families were participating in TANF cash assistance, publicly funded health insurance programs (e.g. Medicaid, CHIP, or other state-funded programs), and SNAP at similar or higher rates than other poor families in the same communities. One exception was WIC where recently homeless families participated at lower rates compared with other families. Twenty months after being in a shelter, most families were no longer homeless but remained poor and continued receiving public benefits. Furthermore, families with recent episodes of homelessness enrolled their preschoolers in early education or center-based care at higher rates than all children in families below the poverty line.

Accession number
25687
Authors
Burt, M.R., Khadduri, J., Gubits, D.
Type new
Brief
Organization

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Series
Homeless Families Research Brief
Year published new
2016
Availability

Available for free download on the OPRE website at: https://aspe.hhs.gov/system/files/pdf/198426/HomelessSafetyNet.pdf

A Youth Homelessness System Assessment for New York City

A Youth Homelessness System Assessment for New York City
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from Chapin Hall presents a rapid, mixed-methods assessment of the system of services and supports available to youth experiencing homelessness in New York City. The assessment team found that significant gaps remain in prevention, affordable housing options, and coordination of youth services despite the city’s efforts to expand some services and prioritize youth homelessness. Based on these findings, Chapin Hall has recommended that the city establish a single office for an interagency response to youth homelessness with shared processes and tools for coordinated entry and support for youth, including affordable housing and career development opportunities. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25737
Authors
Morton, M.H., Kull, M.A., Chávez, R., Chrisler, A.J., Carreon, E., Bishop, J.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Chapin Hall website at: https://www.chapinhall.org/wp-content/uploads/Report_A-Youth-Homelessne…