Homelessness, Social Medicine and COVID-19 with Dr. Jim O’Connell
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the magnitude of health inequities that exist today. In this Curbside Consults as part of our “Inclusivity in Medicine” series, Dr. Jim O’Connell, President of the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program joins us to discuss how the homeless of Boston have been affected by the pandemic and the work of the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program during this time.
0:08 – Introduction 2:00 – Effect of COVID-19 on homeless people 4:40 – Response to COVID-19 8:50 – Quarantine/Isolation facilities 13:00 – Accessing non-COVID-19 care 15:00 – Mental health, homelessness, and COVID-19 17:15 – COVID-19 Impact on Boston Healthcare for the Homeless routine services 19:02 – Positive outcomes from pandemic response 22:00 – Policies to reduce health inequity for homeless people 25:50 – Healthcare workers helping homeless people 29:55 – End
Inequity, inequality, and racism are once more being recognized as factors that are highly detrimental to good health and wellbeing. The Curbside Consults “Inclusivity in Medicine” series aims to explore how these factors affect patients and how they may be overcome.
The Curbside Consults series complements the foundational information in Rotation Prep by taking a deep dive into key clinical topics with expert clinicians and educators. These podcasts explore and critique the evidence behind clinical practice and break down statistical concepts for the busy clinical trainee.
Dr. Jim O’Connell is the President of the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program.
James is a 2020-2021 NEJM Editorial Fellow and a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has a Masters of Science in Evidence-Based Healthcare from University College London and completed Basic Specialist Training in general internal medicine with the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.