“The experience of homelessness places individuals at greater risk of exposure to a variety of infectious diseases including hepatitis A, tuberculosis, and influenza, and contagious parasites including lice, scabies, and crab louse. The recent hepatitis A outbreaks occurring in multiple states throughout the country among individuals experiencing homelessness show a higher number of hospitalizations and deaths than usually reported for individuals infected with hepatitis A (CDC). The prevention and management of these health issues becomes the responsibility of a broad range of homeless service providers and other stakeholders such as public health and infectious disease specialists, emergency departments, and recovery service providers. It is essential for Continuums of Care (CoCs) to be well versed in preparedness strategies and intervention measures and to work with key stakeholders to prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases among people experiencing homelessness. CoC leadership (Collaborative Applicants and CoC Boards) are responsible for ensuring that CoC homeless service providers are prepared to respond rapidly and effectively to all emergencies and infectious disease outbreaks that may adversely impact people experiencing homelessness.”
This tool is included in our list of TEN NOTABLE RESOURCES FOR CROSS-SECTOR APPROACHES TO INFECTIOUS DISEASE MANAGEMENT.