Older Homeless Adults: Findings from the HOPE-HOME Project

Center for Vulnerable Populations 2789 25th Street Ste. 350 3rd Floor San Francisco CA 94110

CVP Seminar Series Presents:
"Older Homeless Adults: Findings from the HOPE-HOME Project"
Margot Kushel, MD
Professor, UCSF School of Medicine

Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Location: Center for Vulnerable Populations, 2789 25th Street, Ste. 350, 3rd Floor, San Francisco
RSVP: [email protected]
Light lunch will be provided.


Margot Kushel, MD is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. Margot's research interests include the health and health care utilization patterns of homeless adults and other vulnerable populations; her research includes descriptive epidemiology of the population and the development and evaluation of novel interventions designed to improve outcomes.

Dr. Kushel is the Principal Investigator for the Health Outcomes of People Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle Age (HOPE-HOME) Study. The study follows a cohort of 350 older homeless adults in Oakland, California over three years, using clinical assessments and structured interviews to assess geriatric conditions (functional, cognitive, and sensory impairment), housing history, behavioral health (mental health and alcohol and illicit substance use), physical health (chronic diseases), and acute healthcare utilization (Emergency Department visits, inpatient hospitalizations, and skilled nursing facility placement). The long-term goal of this study is to determine the prevalence, severity, trajectory and consequences of geriatric conditions in homeless adults age 50 and older, in order to guide prevention, healthcare, social service and housing interventions.

Dr. Kushel’s research program also includes NIH funded work on how pain is managed in the safety net, as well as work evaluating supportive housing interventions in Santa Clara County CA. Dr. Kushel is the co-Director of the UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship and the K12 PARTNERS program to fund young investigators in implementation research. She is the Medical Director of the Tenderloin Clinical Research Center and the SFGH Clinical Research Center. She maintains an active clinical practice in SFGH General Medical Clinic and attends on the inpatient medicine service at SFGH.