Homelessness often begins with illness and escalates into problems with money, employment and housing.
Health problems cause 62% of all personal bankruptcies in the United States.
Without homes, people experience illness and injury 3 to 6 times more than housed individuals.
People experiencing homelessness die an average of 30 years earlier than housed individuals.
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council works to break the deadly cycle of poor health and homelessness.

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Webinar: Medicaid Expansion & HCH Programs: New Possibilities, Missed Opportunities

May 19, 2014 | 1 p.m. Eastern

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expansion of Medicaid to most people earning at or below 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL) is the most significant aspect of the law that directly benefits very low income people, but only in states that have opted to expand. As of April 1, 2014, 26 states More →

National Health Service Corps Scholarship Opportunities

logo-nhscApplication cycles are now open for the 2014 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program as well as the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program. Eligibility is open to all students who are US citizens or nationals and are enrolled in training programs for physicians or nurses. These scholarships offer funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for More →

The New York Times remembers Dr. Philip Brickner

Phil BricknerJoin us as we continue to remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Philip Brickman, the father of the Health Care for the Homeless movement.

From his obituary in today’s New York Times:

Dr. Brickner’s biggest accomplishment, however, was helping to develop ways to treat people who do not have homes. In the 1980s, he directed a pilot program … More →

New Opioid Use Disorders Adapted Clinical Guidelines Available

The HCH Clinicians’ Network has just released the 2014 edition of Adapting Your Practice: Treatment and Recommendations for the Care of Homeless Patients with Opioid Use Disorders. Special thanks to Pat Post (ed.), D. Meges, B. Zevin, E. Cookson, L. Bascelli, P. Denning, J. Little, M. Doe-Simkins, E. Wheeler, S. Watlov Phillips, P. Bhalla, M. Nance, G. Cobb, J. … More →

New Healing Hands: Sleep Deprivation

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 7.18.42 AMThe Spring 2014 issue of Healing Hands is now available online. This issue, Sufficient Sleep: A Necessity, Not a Luxury, examines the problem of sleep deprivation among people experiencing homelessness. Consumers and providers offer practical tools and clinical insights to address this problem in challenging environments.

Healing Hands readers can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for reading this More →

Webinar: Consumer Involvement in Governance

April 23, 2014 | 3 p.m. Eastern


HRSA policy requires consumer representation in community health center governance. This webinar will explain the significance of consumer involvement and describe how HCH grantees can fulfill this particular requirement. A special focus on Consumer Advisory Boards will feature presentations from an HCH Executive and CAB leader. Among other specifics, we will explore More →

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