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Media Myth-conceptions #1

What is the fastest growing segment of the homeless population?
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(Hint: It's not the bearded homeless male featured in the advertising campaigns of many homeless shelters.)

 

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Homeless individuals have a high risk of mortality, with a recent LA County Medical Examiner report finding an average age of death of 48 for women and 51 for men.

Kuhn, Randall, Jessica Richards, Sarah Roth, and Kimberly Clair. “Homelessness and Public Health in Los Angeles,” (2020)

 

According to Randall Kuhn, PhD, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, "During the last five years, mortality rates have increased by 76% among homeless adults ... . Although the majority are men (80%), the number of homeless women dying has more than doubled."

Kuhn, Randall, Jessica Richards, Sarah Roth, and Kimberly Clair. “Homelessness and Public Health in Los Angeles,” (2020)

Homeless service providers warn that their clients are getting older and, therefore, sicker.
Kroman, David, Dorothy Edwards, and Jen Dev. “‘Heartbreaking’: Seattle’s Homeless Are Getting Sicker and Shelters Are Struggling to Keep up | Crosscut.” Accessed March 11, 2023. https://crosscut.com/2019/06/heartbreaking-seattles-homeless-are-getting-sicker-and-shelters-are-struggling-keep.


The U.S. faces a projected shortage of between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians within 12 years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

American Medical Association. “Doctor Shortages Are Here—and They’ll Get Worse If We Don’t Act Fast,” April 13, 2022. https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/sustainability/doctor-shortages-are-here-and-they-ll-get-worse-if-we-don-t-act.

 

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