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An Overview of Proposed Minimum Standards for Medical Respite Programs

September 12, 2014 | 1-2 p.m. Eastern | Register

Medical respite programs improve continuity of care for people experiencing homelessness by bridging health systems and by promoting patient self-management. Studies indicate that patients who access medical respite care have fewer hospitalizations and emergency department visit in the months following program participation. For these reasons, medical respite programs are becoming a … More →

Wednesday Is HCH Day in Health Center Week

On the Wednesday of Health Center Week, we note the important role of homeless health care in eliminating health disparities and ending homelessness in our country.

Over a million people who do not have homes are cared for by health centers each year.  Many of our patients without homes have multiple complex, chronic diseases that drastically diminish their chances … More →

Remembering Robin Williams, Early Advocate for HCH and the National Council

robin williams tributeThe National Health Care for the Homeless Council notes with sadness the passing of Robin Williams, the sensitive and gifted performer who cared deeply about homelessness and who contributed generously to this organization. Along with Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal, Williams co-hosted the Comic Relief telethons on HBO in the 1980′s and 1990′s, raising millions of dollars for the Council … More →

Finding a Health Care Home for the Homeless Under the Affordable Care Act

EnrollAmerica-580x360Enroll America and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council | Thursday, August 7, 2014 | 1 p.m. Eastern | Register

Enroll America and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council are co-hosting a webinar with speakers from Central City Concern of Portland OR, South of Market Health Center from San Francisco CA, and Family Health Centers of … More →

Medical Respite Start Ups: Lessons Learned and Recommendations

August 22, 2014 | 1 p.m. Eastern

Medical respite care is a critical component in the continuum of health care for people experiencing homelessness. In addition to providing short term clinical oversight for individuals recuperating from an acute illness or injury, these programs facilitate care transitions from hospitals to a primary care provider and when possible to a home. While … More →

Council Awarded $2.6 Million Grant for Medical Respite Study


The National HCH Council is one of 39 Health Care Innovation Award recipients announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The $2.6 million award is administered by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and will be used to demonstrate improved health outcomes and reduced spending when homeless patients have access to medical respite care More →

Preparing for HRSA Operational Site Visits

July 31, 2014 | 2 p.m. Eastern

A HRSA Operational Site Visit (OSV) is an onsite evaluation of a health center’s ability to meet the 19 health center program requirements including a clinical and financial performance review. ‘Not Met’ health center program requirements found during the HRSA OSV could lead to a condition on the health center’s grant. This anxiety … More →

Statement on the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision

Monday’s Supreme Court ruling allowing some private, for-profit companies an exemption for required health care benefits comes as no surprise.  For years, employers have increasingly chafed under the growing cost and complexity of providing health insurance to workers.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) built on the existing system of employer-sponsored health care by requiring most employers to provide health care … More →

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Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 7.57.08 AMA Good Day to End Homelessness. Learn more about how you can celebrate HCH Day, just six weeks from today. How to plan an event, hold a rally, write your local newspaper, and more.
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National HIV Testing Day: HCH Staff Survey of Routine-Rapid HIV Testing

In the Spring of 2013, staff of the National Health Care (HCH) for the Homeless Council in collaboration with Dr. Cathie Fogg, Associate Nursing Professor at St. Anslem College in Manchester, NH conducted a survey of HCH clinic staff regarding their HIV testing practices. The purpose of this survey was primarily to collect information about how HCH staff felt about … More →

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