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Homeless People

Lillian Gelberg and Lisa Arangua

in Social Injustice and Public Health

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171853
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865352 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171853.003.0010
Homeless People

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This chapter addresses social injustice directed to homeless people. It consider how social injustice affects the health of homeless people, including their health status, substance abuse, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle, mental health, mortality, health care access and utilization, and disparities in health status. The chapter also addresses roots and underlying issues concerning this social injustice, and what needs to be done. It concludes that consideration of the health of homeless persons globally should not be limited to addressing their health and substance abuse problems, but also should address attitudes toward the treatment of the poor worldwide, as well as welfare and housing policies.

Keywords: mental health; substance abuse; health care; disparities; welfare; housing policies

Chapter.  5854 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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