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Syringe Access Programs: At the Intersection of Harm Reduction and Linkage to Care

October 15, 2015 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern | Register

Syringe access is an evidence-based HIV prevention intervention that uses harm reduction principles to engage with people who use drugs. Programs provide tools, information, and referrals that individuals can use to improve their health and wellbeing. Syringe access programs respect, value, and prioritize the human rights and dignity … More →

Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor

HCH Pioneer Jim O’Connell, MD, President of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, has published his first book, Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor. The volume provides deep, compassionate insights into the lives of Jim’s patients on the streets, and movingly reveals the approaches and techniques that are central to successful HCH work. The National … More →

10th Decile Project Profile

The 10th Decile Project brings together health centers, hospitals, and homeless service providers to connect frequent users of emergency health services to housing and appropriate health care through intensive case management. This profile, developed in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing, is the first in a series highlighting collaborative frequent user initiatives.… More →

HRSA Announces Quality Improvement Award Winners

On Tuesday, August 25, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced $63.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,153 health centers to “recognize health center achievement in providing high quality, comprehensive care.” These awardees include 211 Health Care for the Homeless projects, 98 of which are members of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Congratulations!… More →

White House Launches Plan to Address Heroin Use

On Monday, August 17, the White House released its new plan to address the sharp rise in heroin use by focusing on treatment, rather than arrests. A total of $13.4 million is being made available to health centers in fifteen targeted states to use prescriptions like Naloxone and fortify prevention programs.

Heroin use has risen significantly in the unstably housed … More →

High Cancer Rates Among People Experiencing Homelessness

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine documents alarmingly high “Disparities in Cancer Incidence, Stage, and Mortality at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.” Only a third of the incident cancers were attributable to smoking.… More →

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