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Health and Social Equity Among a Homeless Population

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Microbes on Scales of Justice

A talk by LTC. Andrew J. Hoisington, Ph.D.

Part of the Microbes and Social Equity spring speaker series, which runs on Wednesdays, 12–1 p.m. from  Feb. 10–Apr. 28..

Registration is required, but is free and open to the public. All seminars will be recorded and available online after the presentation date. Registration Link

Title: Investigating Social determinates of Health and Social Equity Among a Homeless Population; a United States-Veteran Microbiome Project (online)

About the seminar: In 2019, over half a million people in the United States did not have a place to call home. Research suggests that homeless individuals have higher rates of diet deficiencies, physical and mental health disorders (e.g., infectious diseases, depression), and inadequate health care when compared to those who are stably housed. From a social equity perspective, risk for homelessness is impacted by a range of social determinants including socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity. Here we present the results 16S rRNA and metagenomics analysis from a US Military Veterans who are currently or were previously homeless. To the best of our knowledge, these preliminary results are the first known study of the microbiome among those with a history of homelessness and will likely contribute to a better understanding of interactions among social determinates of health, social equity, the human microbiome, and human health.


April 14
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


UMaine Institute of Medicine