Health Centers and Academic Institutions: Promising Practices for Successful Collaborations

word-cloud-studentsHealth center program grantees that serve homeless and underserved populations document long-standing relationships with academic institutions which provide education for  students in health professions such as medicine and nursing. While research demonstrates how clinical placements in Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) clinics, mobile vans, and community outreach settings enhance students’ knowledge and skills, there is little research on how collaborating with academic institutions benefits HCH centers. This report highlights research study findings that explore the experiences of HCH centers that collaborate with academic institutions. The findings of this research not only documents the experiences, benefits, and barriers of these collaborations, but most importantly, replicable promising practices for health centers to implement at their respective sites.