Homelessness, Diversity And Equality In Health And Care

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Our capstone project is aimed at combating the lack of basic healthcare and basic service in the poor and homeless. The biggest factors toward poor health are discriminatory behavior towards homeless communities and insufficient clothing to combat weather. According to a study done by Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, “people who are homeless are frequently treated as objects or dehumanized by nurses.” A comprehensive study done by NCBI and the city of Toronto confirms this behavior in cities throughout Canada and the United States. Not only do negative attitudes affect the treatment of homeless, Diversity and Equality in Health and Care this attitude makes homeless less likely to seek care. The NCBI study found that intense emotional…show more content…
Because of this they are “an extremely vulnerable population, even in areas of the country that don’t regularly see freezing temperatures like… California.” Even with its relatively tame climate cold weather can be dangerous in California with no shelter. Data collected by Think Progress estimates, “seven homeless people died last year in California during a brutal three week stretch as temperatures… dropped to freezing. Many homeless were hospitalized, [or] taken to homeless shelters.” One of such people is Levi Cummings. “Levi Cummings didn’t die of old age. He didn’t die in an accident, and wasn’t murdered. He didn’t starve.” What people think as common cause of death didn’t happen. Levi died of hypothermia, while waiting to get access to a shelter. The study concluded that temporary shelters for homeless who need shelter from cold are inadequate. “Government regulations say weather temporary shelter can only be opened during winter when temperature drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit or period of heavy snow.” The reason they are inadequate is hypothermia can occur at temperatures as high as 50 degrees Fahrenheit, when one does not have adequate

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