Zeien received funding to determine the current use of homeless services and the needs of the unsheltered homeless population in downtown Phoenix. His study will administer a needs assessment survey to better understand how to eliminate racial disparities in the homelessness rate and how to reduce Phoenix homelessness in general.
Students from the college may participate in the Street Medicine Phoenix (SMP) program, an initiative created by UA College of Public Health graduate student Jeffery Hanna and Zeien, by providing medical care to homeless individuals and linking these homeless individuals to community resources and a permanent medical home.
“Overall, the campus will help SMP promote health equity and equitable access to resources for all homeless individuals, particularly those that are racial minorities,” Zeien said.
The funding will enable distribution of care kits, which are a form of non-monetary compensation that homeless individuals will receive for completing the needs assessment. It contains basic life essentials.