Health Ed at Avenues
The purpose of this blog is to serve as the communication archive for health education volunteers at Avenues for Homeless Youth (north Mpls). I'm hoping that as people join the endeavor or are curious about our work, they may visit this site to learn a bit about our work and our continuing work to get up to speed.
First, what is Avenues? Check out their website: http://www.avenuesforyouth.org/. In summary, Avenues is one of four homeless teen shelter in Minneapolis, 15-bed, with case management services among other activities. They've been doing youth services many years before re-configuring services a couple years ago to its current service structure.
The former Board president approached me last summer (2007), specifically requesting nursing student expertise for health education efforts. This was one area of need identified by the Board and they felt the School of Nursing would be a good connection to make that start. This connection led to an assessment of current healthcare case management needs. We are happy to say after writing grants this summer, we are slowly building basic health case management above-and-beyond DHS required nurse time.
The health education effort will, for the time being, be lead by myself (Scott Harpin) and is a volunteer effort with no hands-on care component to the work. I am starting with a team of current grad & undergrad nursing students, SoN alumni nurses and MPH-types (former classmates!) who all have expertise with health education and/or expertise in adolescent health. It's a pleasure to work with you all!