UTHealth Receives $3.3 Million Grant to Reduce Re-Arrest Rates Among Homeless Adults


UTHealth Receives $3.3 Million Grant to Reduce Re-Arrest Rates Among Homeless Adults
  1. UTHealth Receives $3.3 Million Grant to Reduce Re-Arrest Rates Among Homeless Adults
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    Researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) hope to put a dent in the cycle of re-arrest and release among homeless adults with research on a smartphone app funded by a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health…
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UTHealth Receives $3.3 Million Grant to Reduce Re-Arrest Rates Among Homeless Adults

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Released: 6-Oct-2017 10:05 AM EDT

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      Jennifer M. Gonzalez

    Newswise — HOUSTON – (Oct. 6, 2017) – Researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) hope to put a dent in the cycle of re-arrest and release among homeless adults with research on a smartphone app funded by a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    An estimated 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year in the U.S. and 6.2 percent of U.S. adults have been homeless at some point in their lifetime. Homeless adults are more likely to spend time in jail and more likely to return to jail after incarceration than adults who are not homeless, according to Jennifer M. Gonzalez, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health in Dallas and one of the principal investigators on the project.

    The study will assess whether a smartphone app designed to assess and modify health behaviors among low-income and homeless adults will help reduce re-arrest rates. One group of participants will receive the app pre-loaded on a smartphone plus usual shelter-based case management; another group will receive a smartphone without the app and case management; and a third group will only receive case management services.

    Case managers work to meet the needs of their clients and help them find housing, job training, medical care, social support and various other services after they are released from jail. Homeless adults who…

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