Addressing the Care Challenges of Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Patients Experiencing Homelessness

Studies have found that some populations are more at risk for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) than others. These include people experiencing homelessness. One meta-analysis of 22 studies from The Lancet Public Health, found an average of 53.1% of individuals experiencing homelessness had at least one TBI of any severity, and 22.5% have had at least one moderate to severe TBI. This same study also found that for many people, a TBI occurred before becoming homeless.*
With people experiencing homelessness and unstable housing one of the many communities served by health centers, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC), a national training and technical assistance organization that supports health centers’ health care for the homeless programs, has made TBI education a priority.