Abstract: Exploring and Evaluating Organizational Efforts to Help D.C.’s Mentally Ill Homeless Population

Hi, my name is Reema! I’m very excited to have the opportunity to conduct community-based research during my first year here at William & Mary. The community of interest for this project is the District of Columbia. D.C is currently facing a crisis with not only an increasing homeless population, but also an increasing sub-population of mentally ill individuals, despite allocating significant funds and resources towards homeless-intervention programs. Recently (in 2015), the mayor of D.C., created and began the implementation of a 5-yr plan, Homeward D.C., aimed at ending long-term homelessness in the region by the year 2020. Since the program’s inception, its support has considerably eroded, due to the underestimation of required expenses and resources, as well as a lack of visible progress.

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Arriving in Perú

(Because of limited internet in Perú I wrote my journal/posts on paper, and am now typing what I wrote during the actual experience.)

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Time to Analyze

After work began back on campus this summer, I began pouring through both the data from my surveys and the responses from the Comité de Salud’s health census that they had given to me while in country.

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Dengue and Self-Efficacy: Interviews Begin, CDS Meeting Happens

After spending the past few days working in the community the SOMOS summer team has set some lofty goals but I truly believe that the team has risen to the occasion. During our time here, we have ran trouble-shooting interviews (which have provided us with sufficient information as to how to edit the questions so as to be understood by respondents), held a community wide meeting, and held a meeting of the Comité de Salud (Health Committee).

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The Promotion of Self-Efficacy for Improved Health and Dengue Prevention

Salutations! Thanks for stumbling upon this post (or seeking it out if you are one of the kind-hearted souls that has), hope you enjoy.

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