Health care accessibility for homeless women in Long Beach, California
The goals of this thesis are twofold: (1) to describe how homeless women negotiate the social and spatial networks of health care on daily basis in Long Beach, CA; and (2) to identify how individual perceptions health and health care affect the relationship between health care needs and health care accessibility. A sample of ten homeless women who previously completed the Risk Behavior Assessment Questionnaire (RBA) took part in a semi-structured interview. Questions focused on personal health, perceptions of health care in Long Beach, and issues of accessibility to health care. Homeless women reported a number of factors determined when and where they might seek out health care. First, personal perceptions of health care needs and their severity was a determining factor in seeking care. Second, several participants reported that "no services" were available while others reported that health care services were readily available. Third, many women used multiple approaches, including drug use, when negotiating their daily lives and health care concerns.
0573: Public health
0453: Womens studies