Student Social Justice Exhibits: Root Causes of Homelessness in San Francisco

March 21st, 2019 by Claire Sharifi Leave a reply »

Graduate students from Dr. Kelly McDermott’s MPH 622 class, Communicating for Healthy Behavior and Social Change, have created a Student Social Justice Exhibit titled The Root Causes of Homelessness in San Francisco.

Behavioral and Public Health graduate students Jessica Sanck, Wyatt Lim Tepper, Rebeca Garcia, and Syria Orizaba’s display addresses the root causes of the complex public health problem that is homelessness in San Francisco. They specifically address how homelessness affects different populations, communities, and neighborhoods. They state “the root causes of homeless coincide with many of the unique qualities that San Francisco is known for. Liberal politics and innovative problem solving have lead to improvements while compounding problems for the homeless population. The wealth of San Francisco through its tech industry and real estate development have lead to a housing crisis unseen in generations. This project looks to explore the root causes of homelessness in San Francisco from a political, public health, and social perspective by exploring policy, therapeutic approaches, and academic research.”

This exhibit was inspired by the School of Nursing and Health Profession’s 2019 Crawford Lecture. This year’s Crawford Lecture, scheduled for April 9th, 2019, features Dr. Ensign, the author of Catching Homelessness, Winner, 2017 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award and of Soul Stories: Voices from the Margins. She is a leading national voice in health care, homelessness, and health care for those at the margins. RSVP for the Crawford Lecture here.


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