WHAT IS H.O.P.E.+?
The Home-free, Outreach, Prevention, Education (H.O.P.E.+) Initiative is a health fair model developed through years of work in the community aimed at closing health disparities and increasing access to service to underserved communities. The initiative has made progress in meeting these goals thanks to the support of the Direct Relief Foundation. Other key players in completing these goals have been local partners and collaborators from the community, who have continuously offered their services, resources, and teams to successfully host these health fairs.
In 2016, H.O.P.E. started as a small health fair at a local shelter (Opportunity Center for the Homeless) focused on helping those home-free or at risk of being home-free. The idea focused on delivering health and human services as well as integration of employment resources, vocational guidance, and disability services. This was when scholars and students from social work, nursing, clinical laboratory science, and pharmacy came together to make this possible.
Today, 7 years and a pandemic later, H.O.P.E.+ has received support from 85+ community agencies and with hundreds of students volunteering at each event. Grounded in community-engagement values and service-learning practices, the H.O.P.E.+ health fairs have successfully served the El Paso, TX community. The home-free community H.O.P.E.+ serves is unique in our region, it is made up of not only the home-free but those with unstable living situations, migrants, elders, and other displaced populations.
The H.O.P.E.+ Initiative goals are
The established measures are:
Questionnaires were designed to address the following: