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Homelessness and Health Care Practitioners

presented by Quinn Tyminski, OTD, OTR/L, BCMH

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Financial: Quinn Tyminski receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Quinn Tyminski has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 76 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 27 Minutes

Individuals experiencing homelessness lack access to adequate health care and experience increased rates of physical and mental health concerns. The unique needs and daily lives of the homeless population are often unexplored by those in the health care field. This course provides a broad overview of the lived experience of homelessness and assists therapy practitioners in designing and implementing health care interventions to better improve the health and well-being of individuals experiencing homelessness.

Meet Your Instructor

Quinn Tyminski, OTD, OTR/L, BCMH

Dr. Quinn Tyminski currently serves as an instructor in the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Tyminski earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in 2012 and her Clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy in 2017 from Saint Louis University. Her clinical practice experience…

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1. Background on Homelessness

This chapter explores basic definitions associated with homelessness, the current state of homelessness in the United States, and the lived experience of homelessness. The chapter will provide practitioners with a basic understanding of the lives of their clients experiencing homelessness.

2. Skills for Practice: Homelessness

This chapter provides guiding principles for assessment and intervention when working with an individual experiencing homelessness, focusing on communication techniques, physical intervention, and mental health concerns. This information can assist practitioners in developing treatment plans that meet the unique needs of the homeless population.

3. Discharge Recommendations: Homelessness

This chapter is designed to explore the trajectory an individual experiencing homelessness would follow to obtain services and housing in the community following discharge from a health care facility. Discharge recommendations are provided, as well as definitions and in-depth information regarding national policies for housing and supporting the homeless population. This information may be valuable for practitioners who are preparing for discharge from the initial visit.

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