Preventive, Wound, and Palliative Care for Homeless Patients

$15.00 | CE Hours:3.00 | Intermediate

This course will be expiring on 12/28/2023. After this date, you will be unable to take this course for renewal credit.

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CE Course Description

Health care clinicians often interact with homeless patients who have acute and urgent needs that take priority over general preventive measures.  This CE course addresses screening methods relevant to populations experiencing homelessness, various programs that can help expand access to preventive health care services, how to facilitate improved wound care for the homeless population, and issues and challenges that health care providers confront while providing palliative care to patients experiencing homelessness.

Author:  National Health Care for the Homeless Council, 2017-2018, Melissa Jean, Writer, Healing Hands. Preventive Care for People Experiencing Homelessness, Expanding Our Vision of the Possibilities for Preventive Care, Best practices and Considerations for Wound Care, Patient-Centered Care: Case Studies of End of Life. 

Retrieved from:

1. Metraux S, Eng N, Bainbridge J, Culhane DP. The impact of shelter use and housing placement on mortality hazard for unaccompanied adults and adults in family households entering New York shelters. J Urban Health. 2011: 1091-104.

2. Culhane DP. The cost of homelessness: A perspective from the United States. Eur J Homelessness. 2008: 97-114.

3. Dennis D, Levine I, Osher F. (1991). The physical and mental health status of homeless adults. Housing Policy Debate 2(3): 815- 835.

4.  Kelley K and Petroskas J. “Motivational Interviewing: An Overview with Application for Outreach for the HCH Setting,” [webinar], 2011. Retrieved from https://www.

CE Course Objectives

1.  Distinguish between primary, secondary, and tertiary preventive care.

2.  List five preventive health measures that the USPSTF guidelines to the homeless population identify as high priority.

3.  Explain why homeless people use the emergency department.

4.  Summarize three ways that may be helpful in bridging the “digital divide” and expanding the relevance of telehealth initiatives to populations experiencing homelessness.

5.  Identify three screenings for which trauma-informed care is particularly important.

6.  Describe a central feature of harm reduction practice.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Preventive Care for People Experiencing Homelessness

a.  Disease Prevalence, Morbidity, and Mortality

b.  Preventive Care Recommendations

c.  Key Screenings

d.  Expanding Access to Preventive Care for People Experiencing Homelessness

2.  Expanding Our Vision of Possibilities for Preventive Care

a.  Patient-Level Barriers to Accessing Preventive Care

b.  Trauma-Informed Care

c.  Building Trusting Relationships

d.  Building a Patient-Centered Culture

e.  Holistic Health Care

f.  Inventive Interventions

g.  Community Partnerships to Create Networks of Care

3.  Best Practices and Considerations for Wound Care

a.  The Role of Clinics

b.  The Role of Medical Respite

c.  The Role of Outreach Social Workers

4.  Patient-Centered Care: Case Studies on End of Life



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2023 - 01/03/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 3.00 'General' continuing education credits.

To see other approvals in your state, see our state by state provider approval listings here.


CAADE Approval

This course is CAADE approved.


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