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HHS Secretary Burwell at the National HCH Conference & Policy Symposium


The 2015 National HCH Conference & Policy Symposium attracted almost 900 participants, including HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.  Her prepared remarks are available here.  For workshop materials and conference evaluations, please visit the conference materials page.More →

Key Health Reform Issues for Health Care for the Homeless

A newly-developed 2-page policy brief “Health Reform and Homelessness: 16 Key Advocacy Areas for the HCH Community” is now available from the National HCH Council. As the Affordable Care Act is implemented, in both Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states, new arrangements to improve patient access, quality of care, and provider reimbursement are being worked out. This document lays … More →

New Council Publication: Homeless Care Providers and Rapid HIV Testing

HIV testing and counseling are the cornerstones of HIV prevention response, allowing individuals to know their HIV status and access appropriate services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine, voluntary HIV screening for all patients aged 13 to 65 years in all health care settings as a normal part of medical practice, similar to screening for other … More →

In Memoriam – Ana Charle


The Health Care for the Homeless community is saddened and shaken by the murder of Ana Charle, the Director of a Project Renewal emergency shelter in the Bronx. A former resident of the shelter has been charged with the crime. The story is reported in the April 29 New York Times and other media sources. We extend our sincere condolences … More →

Preventing Another TB Outbreak through Community Action


The April 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine includes an incisive article on the prevention of tuberculosis outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness, highlighting efforts at the Pioneer Square Clinic in Seattle. The full article is available to read without a subscription.

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Upcoming Webinar: Financing Supportive Housing Services

Financing Supportive Housing Services: Maximizing Medicaid Options and Promoting Practices in the Field | April 29, 2015 | 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern

Medicaid is a flexible program and states have numerous options for expanding benefit packages beyond the minimum required by law. New priorities to place the most vulnerable homeless clients in permanent supportive housing (PSH) bring a renewed focus to … More →

New Issue of Healing Hands: Transgender Health and Access

HH Transgender FINAL-coverRecent studies estimate that 3.5% of the US population identifies as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender), with 0.3% identifying as transgender. Among the population of transgender individuals, it is estimated that one in five have unstable housing or are in need of shelter services. A disproportionately large percentage (20-40%) of homeless youth identify as LGBT. While Health Care for … More →

New Issue of In Focus: Homelessness & Social Networks

Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 1.21.15 PMThe current issue of In Focus provides a synthesis of recent literature on social networks and their roles in the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness. Social networks significantly affect health outcomes, sexual and substance use behaviors, and service utilization. A description of homeless social networks and how they are formed will be discussed in this review as well as their … More →

Board Composition Quick Guide Now Available

The Health Care for the Homeless movement is committed to meaningful involvement of people with the experience of homelessness at all levels of our work.  To assist with consumer involvement, the Council has now published A Quick Guide on Board Composition for Health Care for the Homeless ProjectsA related workshop will be presented at the 2015 National HCH More →

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved: Annual Conference & Workforce Forum

2015_ACU_health-conf-banner1The 2015 Annual Conference & Workforce Forum will bring clinical leaders and top government officials together in Washington DC to focus on improving access to care and the latest cutting edge quality improvement initiatives for clinicians.  The Annual Conference & Workforce Forum will feature topics reflecting the unique aspects of delivering care to underserved populations, including:

  • Clinical Quality Improvement models
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