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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Joyce Bredesen ('11-'12)

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2011-2012 Recipient


Rhonda Bender PhotoJoyce Bredesen, RN, MSN,

Capstone Project

"A Comparison of Recommended Practice Guidelines for Health Care of the Homeless and the Current Health Status of Homeless Families in St. Paul, Minnesota as Assessed Through the Use of Photovoice Methodology"

A qualitative study was conducted using a photo-elicitation approach to generate understanding of the current health care experience of homeless families in St. Paul, Minnesota. A purposive sample of fifteen homeless adult family members who utilize services in a specific community were invited to participate in the project. Categories were identified that focused on community health foci selected from the Guideline: (a) access and continuity of health care, (b) basic needs, and (c) social support systems. The homeless families in this sample reported receiving a certain level of services that are part of the Guideline recommendations.