12:00 PM - CST


Presenter – Elizabeth Squires, MPH, MCHES

Title- The Homeless Healthcare Initiative: A Collaboration Between DuPagePads and Benedictine University

The Homeless Health Care Initiative is a collaboration between DuPagePads ( and the Department of Public Health at Benedictine University (  The purpose of this project is to assess how much access the homeless in DuPage County, IL have to health, dental, and vision care through a survey.  An overview of the project timeline, literature review, survey distribution, and initial findings will be shared during the presentation.  After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:


  1. Describe the difference between urban and rural homeless.
  2. List the challenges the homeless experience in accessing health, dental, and vision care.
  3. Detail the current health care delivery models for the homeless.
  4. Discuss recommendations on how to better deliver health, vision, and dental care to the homeless based on survey results.
  5. Understand the steps taken in a research project.



Q/A from live webinar: 

  • Q: Any breakdown of those individuals demonstrating less trust in participating in the survey?
  • A: No, this was not collected. From observations, it appeared that one out of 10 respondents refused to complete the survey.
  • Q: Demographic breakdown?
  • A: This type of data was collected.  The breakdown is as follows:
    • Over half of the survey respondents are ages 46 - 65
    • About 60% of respondents are male and about 40% are female
    • About 60% of respondents are Caucasian/White, 30% are African American/Black
    • The highest level of education for about 25% of the respondents is high school, while about 50% of the respondents indicated they completed some college-level coursework.
    • About 35% of respondents are responsible for at least one child
    • About 15% of respondents are not covered by any form of health insurance
    • About 55% of respondents have been homeless for at least a year
    • About a third of them indicated they have been homeless for 5 or more years
  • Q: Was literacy an issue at all with surveys? Did you have the option to have survey read by staff?
  • A: Literacy was not an issue.  Although volunteers were available to read the survey to respondents, and all respondents were made aware of this option, no one requested this.
  • Q: How many total respondents were there?
  • A: 142 surveys were collected.
  • Q: Will you share the results with the respondents to show them how you plan to use the results?
  • A: We will follow up with the research team to discuss sharing the results with the population and discuss the ways to include the population in the development of the health care delivery model that will be developed.
  • Q: How was "overweight" defined, particularly for Hispanics participating in survey? Any cultural considerations in defining overweight or obesity?
  • A: No definition of “overweight” was included in the survey. It was left to each respondent on how to judge his/her weight status in order to respond to that question. We will elaborate in the focus groups.
  • Q: Where was the grant received from?
  • A: Wheaton Franciscan Sisters Ministry Fund