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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III - Session IV

Project Homeless Connect: Focus on Mental Health, Health Care, Insurance, and Veterans

The purpose of the quantitative study is to determine the effectiveness of providing a one day venue to facilitate access to services, in particular medical services, in an effort to reduce high utilization of emergency service. In the city of Rochester there are a high percentage of self-identified homeless individuals in need of services, but who have challenges connecting to these services. Human service providers have attempted to make access to services less challenging and more engaging through service strategies and events such as Project Homeless Connect held on September 22, 2011, to address the needs of the self-identified homeless population. Data was collected from over 900 participants who had access to services from approximately 75 service providers in the areas of personal care, employment, veterans, legal, medical, non-profits, shelters, and other human services. Data from this event was analyzed using SPSS and key findings will be shared with sponsors and service providers. Some of the key demographics examined are housing and family composition, gender, race/ethnicity and language, disabilities, limitations or chronic conditions, as well as military service and health care utilization. The data reports what services were utilized on the day of the event and post event follow-up where available. The data reports on the number of individuals: who connected to mental health services; who served in the military and utilized veteran, legal or medical services; who were able to obtain health insurance; and who were able to connect to primary care providers.

Presenters: John Demby (GRC MSW Nazareth and Brockport) --
Loraine Luongo (GRC MSW Nazareth and Brockport) --
Natalie McLaren (GRC MSW Nazareth and Brockport) --
Pam Smith (GRC MSW Nazareth and Brockport) --
Topic: Social Work - Panel
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 10:30 am (Session II)