StreetConnect: Development and Usability of a Mobile App to Improve Health for Homeless and Street Youth

Bhupendra Sheoran, Executive Director, YTH - Youth+Tech+Health and Melissa Habel, Health Scientist at CDC, Division of STD Prevention The presentation will discuss the development of StreetConnect, a dual-purpose, mobile app prototype that was created to link homeless and unstably housed youth (HUY) to services, and enable providers to better serve their HUY patients. In addition to linking HUY to local sexual health care resources, the StreetConnect app connects HUY to food, shelter, clothing, and employment resources. The app is a promising way to increase service utilization, provide referral access, and share resources among HUY and their providers. Focus group and usability findings with be shared along with a demonstration of the app.