Online Program

Childhood Homelessness Amidst Covid-19 and School Nurses’ Perspectives


Childhood Homelessness Amidst Covid-19 and School Nurses’ Perspectives

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Dr. Pooja Bhalla and Dr. Maria Anidi discuss the homelessness crisis impacting children and adolescents and their education in the US.  Dr. Anidi shares her assessment tool for school nurses to evaluate the needs of homeless students.


Cost: $ 20.00

Contact Hours 1.0


Learning Outcome (s):  As a result of this 1-hour webinar, school nurses will be able to:

1.     Identify incidence/prevalence of students experiencing/at risk for homelessness in the U.S and in Boston

2.     Describe impacts of homelessness on youth health and learning

3.     Identify the process for using electronic health template as a resource to be piloted/used by BPS school nurses


Pooja Bhalla, DNP, RN is a graduate of Simmons College of Nursing, where she received her BSN in 1997. She received her master’s in leadership, health policy, and nursing administration from Northeastern University and also received her doctorate in nursing practice at Northeastern University, and her research focus is on “Emerging Leaders and Homeless Health Care.”Pooja was formerly the COO of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. the largest nonprofit health care organization for homeless individuals in the country. The nonprofit program is devoted to providing medical care to one of the city’s most vulnerable populations and under her leadership, the organization provided health care to over 12,500 homeless men, women and children in the greater Boston area at over 50 different sites. Since 1997 she led the efforts in establishing shelter clinics throughout the city of Boston to bring health care to homeless individuals. Today the program operates over 50+ clinics throughout the city. Throughout her tenure, Dr. Bhalla has focused on bringing innovative practice models of care such as walk-in access for behavioral health and medical visits and access to preventive care measures.

In 2017, she joined the Illumination Foundation a program that serves homeless individuals and families across Orange County, LA County and the Inland Empire. As the COO, she oversees all program operations, development and implementation of quality wrap around services including health care and permanent housing.


Maria Anidi, DNP, MBA, RN Dr. Maria Anidi has been working as a school nurse in the Boston Pubic Schools for the past 25 years.  She is also Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.  Maria earned her doctorate at Northeastern University and her Master’s in Nursing and Master’s in Business Administration from Salem State University.  Prior to working as a nurse in the U.S., Maria was a nurs/midwife in Nigeria.

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

The planners of this educational activity have no conflict of interest to declare. The speakers have no conflict of interest to declare unless otherwise indicated prior to their presentations.

Continuing Education Information:

Northeastern University School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.ANCC Logo Jing

MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  Provider Number 2019U003

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