National HCH Council awarded CMS Innovations Grant

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council is among the first 26 recipients of a Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

The funded project will work through the National HCH Council’s Practice-Based Research Network to establish community health workers at 10 Federally Qualified Health Centers. The CHWs will focus on redirecting homeless frequent users of hospital services into more appropriate primary care. The estimated net savings to be accomplished for the health care system is $1.5 million.

Great credit for this success goes to John Lozier with support from Katy Valesky, Darlene Jenkins, and other NHCHC staff who contributed to the draft. Dr. Jenkins will be the Project Director for this important undertaking. The organization extends many thanks to the National Consumer Advisory Board for promoting the CHW concept within the National HCH Council and to the members of the PBRN who supported the development of the project from its beginning.

National HCH Council Board Secretary Amy Grassette spoke on the award: “This says so much about the Council’s committment to having consumers at the table in all aspects of the work you are all doing. We, who are or have been homeless, are not defined by our homelessness, but rather have chosen to use our experiences of homelessness to educate others and this is a tremendous victory for us all!”

View CMS announcement of the first round of 26 awards.