Programmatic impact of 5 years of mortality surveillance of New York City homeless populations

Melissa Gambatese, Dova Marder, Elizabeth Begier, Alexander Gutkovich, Robert Mos, Angela Griffin, Regina Zimmerman, Ann Madsen

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A homeless mortality surveillance system identifies emerging trends in the health of the homeless population and provides this information to key stakeholders in a timely and ongoing manner to effect evidence-based, programmatic change. We describe the first 5 years of the New York City homeless mortality surveillance system and, for the first time in peer-reviewed literature, illustrate the impact of key elementsof sustained surveillance (i.e., timely dissemination of aggregate mortality data and real-time sharing of information on individual homeless decedents) on the programs of New York City's Department of Homeless Services. These key elements had a positive impact on the department's programs that target sleep-related infant deaths and hypothermia, drug overdose, and alcohol-related deaths among homeless persons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S193-S198
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


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