Homelessness and the Brain

NW Noggin is currently collaborating with P:ear on a proposed public event this summer to address the issue of affordable housing and the brain.  We aim to bring together graduate students from PSU, OHSU and other area institutions studying sleep, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, drugs, adolescent brain development and other relevant topics, along with data, artwork and testimony from valuable members of our community without a home, to illuminate the links between homelessness and the brain…

In 2015, 3800 people in Portland were living on the streets.  That number likely hasn’t declined…

How does not having a safe place to rest your head impact your brain? How does the lack of sleep, chronic stress, inadequate nutrition and social isolation undermine your physical and mental health? What does current brain research suggest about why sleep, nutrition and social support are so critical for wellness? How should research inform public policy around the issue of affordable housing?

Discover research on the foundational importance of a safe, secure place to call home in our community, meet and learn from those with lived experience through art, testimony, and other forms of creative expression – and hold some real brains!

What steps can we take, individually and collectively, to make things better?

“There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.”  – Representative Jan Schakowsky, member of House Neuroscience caucus

PROPOSAL SLIDES:  Homelessness and the Brain 2017 (pdf)

More details to come  –  please contact griesar@pdx.edu and jleake@pdx.edu

For more information on NW Noggin at P:ear, click on the link below…

Noggin @ P:ear

Mitch Fennimore, PSU
Allie Clark, PSU
Brittany Alperin, OHSU
Scott Jones, OHSU
Holly D’Andrea, WSUV

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