Josephine Ensign

Catching Homelessness

• Homelessness is at a “crisis/emergency” level in many US cities and states today (Hawaii, along the cities of LA, Seattle, and Portland, OR have all officially declared states of emergency for homelessness).
• ACA/health care reform efforts—especially “safety-net” healthcare services—across the country are currently being discussed ad debated
Catching Homelessness is a unique blend of both professional and personal lived experience perspectives on the intersection of homelessness and health
• Author is a well-established academic, clinician, researcher, and policy advisor with national expertise on health care for people marginalized by poverty and homelessness.
• Author is a tenured associate professor at one the leading schools of nursing in the US, where she teaches/reaches over 400 health science students per year.
• Author is an active member of national and international health humanities networks that advocate for an increase in reflective writing by/for health care providers about their work.
• Author is an active member of the University of Washington’s Health Science Common Book program, which chooses one book each year for use across all five health science schools, as well as university-wide author talks; Catching Homelessness has a good chance of being chosen as next year’s book.
225 printed pages
Original publication



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