Evaluating a Newly Developed Tool to Assess Students who are Experiencing HomelessnessOverview:
This recorded webinar presents a quality improvement approach to strengthen collaboration between school nurses and other school team members regarding student homelessness. Strategies to facilitate communication and improved care coordination of students experiencing homelessness are discussed. Information is provided regarding the development and evaluation processes of a newly developed assessment tool.
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As a result of viewing this presentation, the learner will be able to:
1. Describe how homelessness is a key predisposing factor directly affecting students’ health and well-being.
2. Identify the key elements of a newly developed tool to identify and assess the needs of students experiencing homeless.
3. Describe the usability of the newly developed Homelessness assessment tool.
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 CEO, 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 nursE/midwife in Nigeria. Maria’s Doctoral work was creating the newly developed Students Experiencing Homelessness Assessment Tool.
None of the planners for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
At this time, none of the presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. If relevant financial relationships are identified, this information will be shared with learners prior to the educational activity.
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.
MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Provider Number 2019U003