Tag Archives: homelessness

#AHCJ18 to examine more holistic approaches to housing, health

About Susan Heavey

Susan Heavey, (@susanheavey) a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on social determinants of health and curates related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on resources and tip sheets at determinants@healthjournalism.org.

A spate of recent stories highlighting the nation’s housing crunch has shined a spotlight on how homelessness or other poor housing situations impact health. So what’s being done about it?

At Health Journalism 2018, a panel of experts will weigh how challenges when it comes to where people live can also affect how they live, as well as consider how programs and other potential solutions and policies aim to improve wellness by tackling the housing conundrum through a more integrated approach. Continue reading

Could health information technology help solve homelessness?

About Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health, science and medicine for AFP, the Bay Area News Group, Modern Healthcare, Wired, Scientific American online and many other news outlets.

Photo: Jeremy Brooks via Flickr

Photo: Jeremy Brooks via Flickr

This week, 70 San Francisco Bay Area media organizations have banded together to coordinate coverage on homelessness. The goal was to shine a bright spotlight on a pervasive problem that is only growing worse with the skyrocketing cost of living in the region.

The San Francisco Chronicle created a page that collects homelessness coverage from participating news organizations.  You can follow coverage on Twitter at #SFHomelessProject. Continue reading

In sad, compelling stories, journalists are documenting a mental health care system in crisis

About Joseph Burns

Joseph Burns (@jburns18), a Massachusetts-based independent journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health insurance. He welcomes questions and suggestions on insurance resources and tip sheets at joseph@healthjournalism.org.

Photo: Jan Bommes via Flickr

Photo: Jan Bommes via Flickr

Imagine the outcry if patients with cancer or any other chronic condition lacked standard, appropriate care. Such ill treatment would not be tolerated.

Yet the U.S. health care system routinely fails to provide basic care to Americans with mental illness, says Patrick J. Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island and co-founder of One Mind, an organization seeking new treatments for neurologic and psychiatric diseases of the brain.

For a series of articles in USA Today, Liz Szabo quoted Kennedy on mental health care in America: “The failure to provide treatment and supportive services to people with mental illness – both in the community and in hospitals – has overburdened emergency rooms, crowded state and local jails and left untreated patients to fend for themselves on city streets.”

The burden of inadequate mental health care falls on individuals and families, but also on emergency rooms, hospitals, jails and other institutions, making this topic well worth the rich and deep coverage Szabo and other journalists have committed to it. Such coverage is important, as reporters have found in Colorado, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, and it can be rewarding because it forces journalists to confront and explain some most challenging health care issues in our society. Continue reading