Homelessness and Public Health in San Francisco

It’s important to understand the public health issues that greatly affect certain areas and cities, particularly if you are looking to work or collaborate with professionals who work in that city. One of the most perplexing public health issues in San Francisco is homelessness, which is closely connected to declining physical and mental health and public sanitation.

In 2016, the SF mayor formed the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, and the city spent $275 million in an effort to fix the problem. However, the homeless count in the city dropped only slightly over the course of the year, and it’s still regarded as one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s highest public health priorities.

How Can We Improve Public Health and Well-Being?

Public health professionals are needed to create and implement programs, organizations and initiatives that eradicate homelessness in cities like San Francisco. While work is underway, it’s clearly an issue that will take a significant amount of time, energy and resources to solve.

The online MPH program from GW trains aspiring public health professionals to come up with solutions to prevalent public health issues, such as homelessness.

Take the Next Step

Are you interested in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to improve public health across communities? Request information about MPH@GW today.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/phlp/publications/topic/resources/resources-homelessness.html (2017)
http://www.sfchronicle.com/aboutsfgate/article/Despite-money-and-work-homelessness-in-SF-as-bad-11242946.php (2017)
http://hsh.sfgov.org/ (2017)