Health care for the homeless consumers and project staff members from eight different states met with National HCH Council board members last week for a training on state-level advocacy and organization at the historic Highlander Center in East Tennessee. The training focused on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and ways for the HCH community to maximize opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness. Specific action plans were also developed for each state and focused on educating the homeless service community, forming community partnerships, establishing full benefit packages for the newly Medicaid eligible, and advocating for expanded outreach.
Along with the natural beauty of East Tennessee and inclusiveness of the HCH community, the Highlander Center’s history as a focal point for the civil rights movement and other social justice campaigns helped make for an inspiring and effective three days together.
Many thanks to the Butler Family Foundation for making this training possible!