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Goals and Learning Outcomes

There are close to 600,000 people experiencing homelessness in any given night in the U.S. There has been a 30% increase in individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2021b). From financial barriers, patient resistance, and lack of trust, to fragmented care and support, individuals experiencing homelessness and their families face unique challenges that complicate the provision of treatment. In this course, you will learn about the physical and mental health disparities that individuals who are homeless face, as well as the everyday dynamics of homelessness that complicate their involvement with healthcare service providers.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall the bidirectional relationship that exists among homelessness and issues such as mental health conditions, substance use disorders, trauma, physical health issues, and psychosocial stressors and challenges.
  • Identify effective interventions you can use to improve outcomes for patients who are experiencing homelessness.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/26

Course Originally Released On: 07/01/23

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and  West Virginia Board Of Examiners For Registered Professional Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, 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.