Increase Training on the Homeless Population for Buffalo/Niagara Region Hospital Workers

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Mercedes Maldonado started this petition to Hospitals in the Buffalo/Niagara Region

Homelessness is an issue impacting more than five hundred thousand individuals in the United States, and almost one hundred thousand of those individuals are in New York State. Individuals who are homeless are an extremely medically vulnerable population. The mortality rates for this group are significantly higher than those of the general population, with over two percent of all hospitalizations resulting in death. 

Within the healthcare system, individuals without homes are disproportionately affected by institutional barriers to quality treatment, including a lack of medical insurance that can render much-needed procedures entirely inaccessible, and discriminatory treatment from medical staff. According to the Niagara Falls 2019 Census, 4.5 percent of the homeless community is currently without medical insurance. Due to the stereotypes and lack of education surrounding individuals without a home, the readmission rate for homeless individuals is almost double that of the general population as well. 

There is a lack of mandatory education and training for healthcare professionals in the Buffalo, New York and Niagara Falls area. Each staff member in a hospital should be required to complete training that involves education on homelessness and substance use; the mental health impacts of homelessness; resources in the community available to the homeless population; and how to engage with and empower the homeless demographic. 

I am asking for signatures to support my policy proposal to increase education of and awareness for the homeless population regarding their hospitalizations and unequal medical outcomes.

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