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Standing in Solidarity: In Support of the Movement for Social Justice

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council recognizes that the significant health disparities associated with homelessness are part of a much larger pattern of injustice in the United States. Poverty and structural racism too often are perpetuated and upheld by poor public policies and narrow social opinion, leaving millions of men, women, children, and youth unable to achieve their … More →

We’re Hiring!

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council is growing and we’re happy to announce we are seeking two new Council staff for our Education Team.

We are currently searching for a Training Coordinator and a Technical Assistance Coordinator. Find out more on our Careers page. Both postings expire July 24, 2015.… More →

Response to King v. Burwell Decision

March 04, 2015 - Washington, D.C., U.S. -  People make their views known outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the morning of oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a challenge to the Affordable Care Act. (Newscom TagID: zumaglobal443510.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

Today’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for millions of Americans who have gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and who are at reduced risk of losing everything to the physical and financial costs of the injuries and illnesses we all experience. In this way, today’s decision promotes effective public policy against homelessness.

However, the ACA remains needlessly … More →

Effectiveness in Consumer Governance

June 25, 2015 | 3 – 4 p.m. Eastern| Register

Consumers have a unique role in Health Center governance and advocacy as their experiences can guide policies and practices at health centers and in the larger community. The National Health Care for the Homeless Council recommends HCH grantees create consumer advisory boards (CABs) as the vehicle for meaningfully engaging consumers … More →

Integrating Routine HIV Testing into Care: Strategies for Improvement and Partnership


June 24, 2015 | 1-2 p.m. Eastern | Register

In recognition of HIV testing day (June 27, 2015), the National HCH Council will host a webinar on HIV testing strategies. HIV testing and counseling are the cornerstones of HIV prevention response, allowing individuals to know their HIV status and access appropriate services. However, testing rates in primary care settings … More →

New Issue of In Focus: Vision & Oral Health Among Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

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Vision and oral health play a salient role in an individual’s overall health and quality of life. The current issue of In Focus provides a synthesis of recent literature on vision and oral health of individuals experiencing homelessness. It addresses the prevalence of vision and oral health diseases, unmet needs, factors that can impact outcomes for these diseases, and promising … More →

Adapted Anticipatory Guidance for Infants and Toddlers

June 15, 2015 | 1-2 p.m. Eastern | Register

Children experiencing homelessness are significantly more likely to have acute and chronic illnesses and have much higher rates of emotional and behavior problems and developmental delays than housed children. In this webinar we will discuss strategies from a forthcoming Council resource, Adapted Anticipatory Guidance for Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Homelessness, … More →

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 →

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