APHA 2014 – Serving Others, Reaching Out
At the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 2014 Annual Meeting, SciMetrika partnered with The CITYPAK Project (CITYPAK) and the New Orleans Mission to serve homeless citizens of New Orleans. CITYPAK supplied and shipped 200 specially-designed backpacks, or “PAKs,” to New Orleans. At APHA’s 2014 Annual Meeting, SciMetrika invited attendees to donate personal hygiene items – soap, shampoo, lotions – to fill PAKs for recipients. SciMetrika also invited people to donate monetarily to the New Orleans Mission, promising to match up to $5,000 in contributions.
Following an evening meal with area homeless on November 17, Ron Kaplan, CITYPAK founder, and Claire McGarry of SciMetrika, demonstrated usage of the PAKs and led their distribution to attendees. This event marked the first time CITYPAK has served the city of New Orleans, and the first time CITYPAK has worked with a public health entity like SciMetrika.
SciMetrika is immensely grateful to CITYPAK and the New Orleans Mission for their partnership in this endeavor, and looks forward to collaborating together again on future projects. For more details, please view CITYPAK’s photo gallery of the event. To participate in the fundraiser to support the work of the New Orleans mission, visit http://bit.ly/nola-packs. CITYPAK accepts donations to its program at http://citypak.org/donate.
Learn More – Public Health and the Homeless APHA maintains a Caucus on Homelessness, which develops program content exploring aspects of homelessness and health issues. Here are some links to APHA 2014 presentations on public health and homeless citizens:
Challenges in homeless health care: Improving reproductive health services for homeless women
Health service utilization for homeless and low-income persons: A spotlight on the VA Supportive Housing (VASH) program in Los Angeles
“I’m not homeless, I’m houseless”: Self-identification of being homeless and accessing shelter/housing services
Reducing Costs and Improving Health of Elderly Homeless Women Through a Medical Home Without Walls
Preliminary outcomes for a housing placement intervention for HIV-positive homeless individuals living in New York City