Research

Main Goals of Research Activities at The Council

  • Increase understanding of homeless health care. National Council staff works in collaboration with homeless health care projects, academic institutions, and national homeless or health care organizations to generate new information that will improve our understanding of homeless health problems, health care access, delivery systems, and program effectiveness.
  • Utilize existing research to inform clinical practice and public policy. National Council staff compiles existing research data of particular relevance to HCH practice and policy, and work with others in the field to identify implications for practice and policy.
  • Enhance the ability of HCH projects to engage in research/evaluation to improve practice and policy. National Council staff serves as a resource to the Bureau of Primary Health Care/HCH Branch and others involved in research endeavors relevant to HCH practice through informal consultation, involvement in workgroups, and implementation of specific program evaluation activities.

Please use the sidebar on the right to explore our resources, such as publications, bibliographies, information on current research activities of the Council and details about the Health Care for the Homeless Practice-Based Research Network.

Health Care for the Homeless Practice-Based Research Network

The Council’s Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) focuses on research that is conducted in clinical settings to explore issues affecting the primary health care needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. The HCH PBRN Steering Committee collaborates with the Council’s Research Coordinating Committee to develop and coordinate research projects of particular relevance to homeless health care practice. Once a research proposal is approved by the HCH PBRN Steering Committee, HCH PBRN members are invited to participate. Click here for more details about how to join the PBRN or propose a research study.

New Resources from the 2010 National HCH Conference

The Council held its first research symposium at the 2010 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium in San Francisco, CA. Members of the Council staff and Research Coordinating Committee joined together to conduct an all-day pre-conference institute on Conducting Practice-Based Health Care for the Homeless Research: Implications for Health Practice, Policy and Advocacy.

Clinicians, consumers, administrators, researcher and policy makers came from all over the US to learn and talk about health care for the homeless research. It was a great success and the Council hopes to plan more symposiums like this in the future.