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photo Healthcare for the Homeless
You Can Never Give Up
By Ben Achtenberg

Health and mental health problems are key links in the chain of homelessness. Some homeless people had jobs, homes, and a measure of stability until an illness or accident undercut their way of life. For others, sickness and injury are simply consequences of daily life on the streets. This video by Oscar nominee Ben Achtenberg (Code Gray) looks at the healthcare needs of homeless people and families, and at some programs healthcare workers have created to meet those needs. It also illuminates some of the issues which homelessness raises for doctors, nurses, and providers in other settings, such as hospital emergency rooms or community clinics.

An invaluable tool for stimulating awareness and concern among health and social service workers and students, this program will also inspire all those who care about America's homeless.

33 minutes
© 1991
Purchase $199 DVD
Order No. QA-050
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-843-X

"Unforgettable images! Cuts to the core issues, while showing the connections between health and homelessness." Milestones

Awards & Conference Screenings
Distinction, American Medical Writers Association
Special Jury Award, NY Expo of Sort Film & Video
American Journal of Nursing Media Awards

Related Films
Hand-Held: A documentary anthology on health and homelessness, and a frank and invaluable resource for anyone interested in how media and medicine can work together to change lives.

Almost Home: An unsentimental look at the lives of children who live in a homeless shelter, and at the adults who try to help them.

Streetlife: Introduces us to several displaced and homeless families, and to the often over-burdened people who try to help them.

A Healing Place: Profiles the staff and guests of a respite program for homeless and elderly patients who have been discharged from the hospital but are unable to manage their own care at home or on the street.

Peter, Donald, Willie, Pat: Video portraits of four homeless men living in a respite shelter, this video documents both their problems and their survival strategies.

Psychiatric Nursing: Profiles of psychiatric nurses and the vital work they do in community mental healthcare, in home health, and in the hospital.

Opening Doors: A portrayal of the history and great public health impact of public health nursing programs in both urban and rural communities. Not Available for Rental.


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To rent or purchase this film, please visit the Icarus Films website