Death Comes for the Homeless

Public Health Post

We—a team of researchers from Boston University School of Public Health, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, and the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs—are conducting a longitudinal study of homeless people and the health advantages that may accrue from a mobile phone and health-related text messaging intervention. While our study is not yet completed, we have seen death and adversity come too often to our participants. To date, our sample of sixty-four has experienced at least five incarcerations, five deaths, one stroke, and one attempted suicide.

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