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Council Recognizes National Public Health Week

Please join the Council in recognizing National Public Health Week from April 2-8. Engaging our communities and policy makers in conversations about how to promote healthy practices and increase access to care is crucial to the health of all. Recognizing the challenges and importance of access to public health care is especially critical to the health and well-being of the … More

New Mobilizer: Racial Equity, Budget Increases, and Grassroots Advocacy

Learn how you can advocate for racial equity in Mobilizer. Examining new findings from the Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities initiative, our latest action alert examines how we can call for the reversal of policies that have systematically discriminated against Americans of color, who are far more likely to experience homelessness than white Americans. Also included: a federal budget … More

Diabetes Alert Day Is March 27

Today, March 27, join the National HCH Council in recognizing Diabetes Alert Day. Diabetes affects over 30 million Americans, and nearly 1 in 4 adults with diabetes are unaware that they have the disease.
People experiencing homelessness face multiple challenges in managing chronic illnesses such as diabetes. Inadequate access to refrigeration for medication storage and a lack of proper nutrition … More

Archived Spring Virtual Training Webinars Are Now Available!

Thank you to everyone who attended the National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s 2018 Spring Virtual Training. If you missed #HCHVirtual, now is your chance to view archived recordings of our webinars and download materials from all eight “Responding to Crises” sessions.
Visit our Archived Materials page to access recorded sessions on topics ranging from smoking in public … More

Administrative Concerns in Street Medicine: Assuring Quality without Sacrificing Mission

Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Monday, April 23, 2018 | 12-1 p.m. CT
Street medicine is the provision of direct patient care to those sleeping outside. Understanding that many patients either can’t or won’t access care in a traditional setting, the goal is to deliver high quality care in the location of the patients’ choice, … More

Law Enforcement & Homelessness: Forging Fruitful Partnerships

Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Thursday, April 12th, 2018 | 12-1 p.m. CT
People experiencing homelessness often have nowhere to sleep or spend their time other than public spaces, such as parks and sidewalks. But metropolitan regulations often prohibit acts housed people can safely perform indoors, … More

Council Recognizes Patient Safety Awareness Week

Please join the Council in recognizing Patient Safety Awareness Week from March 11-17. Creating an environment of safety in health care settings is crucial to providing comprehensive care and positive health outcomes. For people experiencing homelessness, feeling safe is especially complex due to higher rates of previous experience with violence and trauma, mental health disorders, and other challenges.
Learn more … More

New Case Study Examines How Changes to Medicaid Delivery Impact HCH Programs

New Policy Brief

On March 1, Massachusetts rolled out a new way of organizing its Medicaid program and has now implemented Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). These ACOs will directly impact how health care is delivered to more than 800,000 people, and the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) has been at the center of planning for these changes. Read our case … More

Read the March Edition of Council News: From Medicaid to Medical Respite

Council News

Read a new case study on how changes to Medicaid delivery can affect HCH programs and learn the basics of medical respite in Council News. Also included: recent webinars on hospitals and homeless populations, #HCH2018 news, a new partnership for youth without homes with the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), recently posted HCH jobs, & … More

Meet Our HCH2018 Closing Keynote Speaker: Mario Arnauz Bonds

The National HCH Council is pleased to announce that motivational speaker and singer/songwriter Mario Arnauz Bonds will give the closing address of our 2018 National HCH Conference & Policy Symposium. After losing both his vision and his parents, Bonds experienced abandonment and homelessness before overcoming these setbacks to pursue higher education. Now a technology expert, Bonds provides computer guidance … More