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Temporal Trends in Health Service Use and Homelessness

The study seeks to identify trends in emergency department visits and hospitalizations before and immediately after homeless shelter entry using linked data from the New York City Department of Homeless Services and multiple New York health care databases.

Patient- and hospital-level characteristics will also be examined to determine those that are at higher than average risk for future homelessness. Examining the temporal trends in health services use around the onset of homelessness and factors associated with increased homelessness, risk will allow the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) to better understand the interplay of homelessness and health care. More specifically, this will allow CIDI to evaluate if and how emergency departments and hospitals may be important and novel sites for homelessness prevention efforts.

Partners

Supported by and in collaboration New York University School of Medicine
NYC Department of Homeless Services