Subject Matter Experts
The Subject Matter Expert and the Technical Assistance and Training Program
Through the Technical Assistance & Training program, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council provides information and resources on services targeted to the homeless population to HCH grantees and other programs that provide health or social services to individuals experiencing homelessness. As with all health centers that receive funding under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act, HCH grantees are obligated to provide comprehensive care and services and achieve specified performance measures and outcomes. The National HCH Council offers technical assistance through site visits, face-to-face or online meetings, telephone conversations, or email to support communities in developing initiatives in HCH while addressing the needs of individual HCH grantees dealing with specific performance issues.
The Council’s training service includes the provision of information on more broad topics in the field and is typically developed for a larger audience. Though trainings may be delivered in the same ways as technical assistance (TA), trainings often do require more of the SME’s time. Trainings may even be delivered as day-long events onsite, face-to-face meetings online, webinars, or even as a scheduled event or presentation at one of our conferences. On a national scale, the Council provides training and technical assistance on a variety of topics, including the interpretation of HRSA regulations, with the help of its staff, members, committees, and subject-matter experts (SME).
Becoming a SME
Everyone interested in becoming a SME is required to share his or her contact information, availability, and qualifications. This information is stored in the Council’s SME database and updated annually. The director of technical assistance and training uses this database to match a TA or training request with a SME who has the professional experience and is in the same geographic area. NHCHC staff then contacts the SME for his or her interest and availability on the particular request. The assistance a SME provides may be as simple as responding to a survey by email or as in depth as presenting in a webinar.
If you would like to be considered as a SME, please complete the application provided by following the link below. Also, keep in mind that, as a SME, you will not be obligated to undertake any number or any type of TA or training requests and that financial considerations are determined per request and are evaluated by the director of technical assistance and training.