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New Publication: Social Determinants of Health: Predictors of Health Among People Without Homes

The National HCH Council has released a fact sheet reviewing the social determinants of health (SDOH) most commonly associated with homelessness and resources to address those issues in health care settings. Over the past 30 years, SDOH have received increased recognition as factors that contribute to health inequities. Research has underscored the role of housing and health care access barriers … More

Read the November Edition of Council News

Find the latest updates from the National HCH Council in Council News. This November 2016 edition features a look at our new standards for medical respite care programs; HCH2017 exhibit and sponsorship opportunities; four new publications including a policy brief on Medication-Assisted Treatment and shelter health; and more!

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Read the November 2016 Edition of Respite News

The latest issue of Respite News is available now. The November 2016 edition features information on our new medical respite standards; a tribute to RCPN Steering Committee Member Willie Joe Mackey; a look at a new program in Nashua, NH; and more!
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CPO Survey Explores Consumers’ Perceptions and Advice on Safety in HCH Settings

The National Consumer Advisory Board (NCAB)’s 2015-16 Consumer Participation Outreach Survey (CPO) explores physical, emotional, and psychological safety at HCH sites as a factor in access and quality of care. Every year, NCAB members conduct their own research projects to learn more about the concerns of consumers and highlight their voices, and this year NCAB members launched a survey to … More

New Quick Guide Examines Consumer Engagement in HCH

NCAB has released “A Quick Guide on Consumer Engagement in Governance of Health Care for the Homeless Projects.” Exploring what organizational structures are needed to support effective consumer engagement and Consumer Advisory Boards (CABs), this publication builds off the foundation of the Council’s 2006 CAB Manual which gave guidance for new CABs in how to internally structure these consumer-led spaces. … More

Council Remembers Willie Joe Mackey

The National HCH Council grieves the death of our colleague and friend Willie Joe Mackey. Willie passed away late last week in his home in Palo Alto, CA. He was a member of the Respite Care Providers’ Network Steering Committee and a former member of the National Consumer Advisory Board. He was a tireless advocate both locally and nationally.
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New Policy Brief: Medication-Assisted Treatment: Changes in Federal Law and Regulation

The National HCH Council has released a new policy brief on Medication-Assisted Treatment outlining recent federal guidance on expanding Buprenorphine prescribing rights to Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, as well as raising the allowable number of patients to be treated. These changes should help expand access to critical opioid treatment options for the HCH community.
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New Publication Examines Shelter Health and Health Centers

The National HCH Council has released a new resource: “Shelter Health: Opportunities for Health Care for the Homeless Projects.” The impact of the shelter environment on the physical and mental health of individuals experiencing homelessness is well documented. Health centers can play a meaningful role in addressing shelter health problems by providing screenings, education, and treatment to shelter … More

Support the Council Through An East Nashville Christmas

This holiday season, you can contribute to the National HCH Council while enjoying music and artwork from An East Nashville Christmas. Headquartered in Music City, the Council is pleased to have partnered with local artists to produce this unique album, a compilation of 18 holiday originals and classics performed exclusively by East Nashvillians. You can purchase the album for … More

Mitigating Risk: Seven Important Things You Need to Know about Volunteer Background Checks

Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
Employee screening is increasingly required for health centers and other nonprofits serving people without homes, and many organizations are expanding their screening practices to include volunteers and board members. Your reputation is paramount, and one rogue volunteer can negatively impact your program’s … More