Abstract

Homelessness is a widespread public health issue that affects college students across the United States and inhibits their academic and professional growth. Kent State University is not sheltered from homelessness which is demonstrated by ubiquitous anecdotal evidence experienced by many students here at Kent State University main campus. My public health interventions I class implemented an awareness-based intervention in the student center during Hunger and Homelessness Week with the ultimate goal being to reduce homelessness at Kent State University. Our community partner was Flashes Fighting Hunger which was an organization comprised of students and faculty dedicated to reducing hunger and homelessness at Kent State University. After the intervention was implemented, we found that the community discourse surrounding homelessness among students was lacking, and most importantly that there is a significant lack of quantitative evidence surrounding homelessness at Kent State University.

Modified Abstract

Homelessness is a widespread public health issue that affects college students across the United States and inhibits their academic and professional growth. Kent State University is not sheltered from homelessness which is demonstrated by ubiquitous anecdotal evidence experienced by students here at Kent State University. My public health interventions I class implemented an awareness-based intervention in the student center during Hunger and Homelessness Week with the ultimate goal being to reduce homelessness at Kent State University. After the intervention was implemented, we found that the community discourse surrounding homelessness among students was lacking, and that there is a significant lack of quantitative evidence regarding homelessness at Kent State University.

Research Category

Social Science/Education/Public Health

Author Information

Megan BarrettFollow

Primary Author's Major

Public Health

Mentor #1 Information

Cindy Widuck

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Public Health

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Apr 5th, 1:00 PM

KSU College of Public Health Hunger and Homelessness Week 2017

Homelessness is a widespread public health issue that affects college students across the United States and inhibits their academic and professional growth. Kent State University is not sheltered from homelessness which is demonstrated by ubiquitous anecdotal evidence experienced by many students here at Kent State University main campus. My public health interventions I class implemented an awareness-based intervention in the student center during Hunger and Homelessness Week with the ultimate goal being to reduce homelessness at Kent State University. Our community partner was Flashes Fighting Hunger which was an organization comprised of students and faculty dedicated to reducing hunger and homelessness at Kent State University. After the intervention was implemented, we found that the community discourse surrounding homelessness among students was lacking, and most importantly that there is a significant lack of quantitative evidence surrounding homelessness at Kent State University.