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3rd Edition of

Singapore Nursing Research Conference

March 16-18, 2023 | Singapore

Nursing 2023

Latiena Williams

Speaker at Singapore Nursing Research Conference 2023 - Latiena Williams
University of South Florida, United States

Title: A multidisciplinary approach: Improving health outcomes of persons experiencing homelessness

Abstract:

Homelessness is a major public and social health problem. For years, nurses have been on the frontline with a substantial and significant role in caring for the most vulnerable populations in guiding, assisting, and aiding the homeless to access to health and social services as well as helping them to navigate out of homelessness. These positive benefits associated with recuperative care programs have included strong physical, social, and emotional outcomes. The gaps and opportunities revealed by working as a nurse in a homeless shelter serves as a road map for developing comprehensive recuperative care programs that focus on education, jobs, housing, and healthcare in an equitable manner. Therefore, providing adequate funding to coordinate state and community level supports, thus bridging the gaps between many services that support those who are homeless. Nurses who work with the homeless population can provide health care that can achieve successful outcomes and decrease health disparities. To better address social determinants of health, nursing leaders should integrate awareness and hands on experience to better understand the root of social factors, social justice, and advocacy to improve health outcomes among the homeless population. Now more than ever, nurses are needed to work closely with their boards of health, state health departments, and professional coalitions to rebuild and reimagine sustainable support systems for the homeless population.

Biography:

Dr. Williams is passionate about addressing health disparities and social justice issues to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida. As an educator, she has had the opportunity to teach students from a variety of backgrounds, â€‹cultures, and disciplines. For many years, she has worked extensively with underserved populations as a clinician, academician, and researcher. She has given many national and international presentations and authored several scholarly publications.

For almost five years, she has been charged with using her God-given expertise to provide insight into health behaviors and outcomes in the church and communities. In addition, she is engaged with active participation with a wide audience of nursing leaders to advance the nation's agenda in expanding inclusive health care.

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