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New Mobilizer: Work Requirements: Who “Deserves” Help?

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Senior Director of Policy Dr. Barbara DiPietro examines the concept of “the deserving poor” and shares ways to push back against work requirement legislation and harmful stereotypes in our latest Mobilizer. As more policies push for employment as a condition of receiving assistance from public programs, it is critical that we stand up for basic human rights for all… More

Implications of Medicaid Expansion on HCH Health Centers: Learning from Experience

Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
As of this writing, Virginia and Maine are on the cusp of expanding Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act, an option that has drastically benefited people experiencing homelessness in states that haven chosen it so far. While this presents exciting opportunities for growth at Health … More

Highlighting the Advanced Operations Track at Our Medical Respite Symposium

2018 Medical Respite Training Symposium

Managing medical respite care can be challenging, and providers and administrators must balance competing priorities and achieve a high level of programmatic excellence to provide quality care. Our Advanced Operations Track at our Medical Respite Training Symposium in Phoenix, AZ, from October 1-2 offers CME-accredited workshops tackling a variety of issues to make your medical respite care program function at … More

Spotlight on the Clinical Track at Our Medical Respite Training Symposium

2018 Medical Respite Training Symposium

Learn how to achieve excellence in clinical practices in medical respite care with the Clinical Track at our Medical Respite Training Symposium in Phoenix, AZ, from October 1-2. These CME-accredited workshops highlight a diversity of clinical issues and techniques for establishing effective procedures around difficult topics encountered in medical respite, including palliative care, cognitive disorders, staffing, harm reduction methods, and … More

Registration Is Open for Our 2018 Leadership Summit on Homelessness & Health Care!

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council has sent invitations for our members-only 2018 Leadership Summit on Homelessness & Health Care from October 4-5 at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville. This gathering complements the National HCH Conference & Policy Symposium by focusing on priority-setting for the Council’s advocacy and programs, strategic planning, leadership development, networking, and peer support.… More

Explore the Planning/Start-Up Track at our Medical Respite Training Symposium

2018 Medical Respite Training Symposium

Creating new medical respite services doesn’t happen overnight–it takes funding, staff, partnerships, and vision to build these vital programs. Learn how with the Planning/Start-Up track at our Medical Respite Training Symposium in Phoenix, AZ, from October 1-2. Five of our 17 CME-accredited workshops will introduce you to the foundations of medical respite care, from creating new programs to expanding them … More

HCH Day 2018: We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nation: A Message from Our CEO Bobby Watts

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Today, Wednesday, August 15th, is National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Day, a time when the country and health centers focus on the importance and contributions of HCH programs. Now, as much as ever, it is important that they know our story. The story of how the HCH program has grown is impressive. In response to … More

HCH Heroes: Aspiring to Health Care Justice

Written by Katherine Cavanaugh, NHCHC Consumer Advocate. This essay is part of our celebration of HCH Day.
“Contemporary homelessness is the product of conscious social and economic policy decisions that have retreated from a commitment to ensuring basic life necessities for all people.”
This is a founding principle of the National HCH Council and is evident in the … More

Read the August Edition of Council News: Medical Respite in Focus

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Our latest Council News spotlights medical respite care, highlighting our new training symposium, revamped program directory, and new self-assessment resources for respite programs. This issue also features tips and ideas for celebrating HCH Day, as well as a new policy brief on Medicaid work requirements, new adapted clinical guidelines for caring for youth without homes, … More

HCH Day is Approaching!

Please join the Council in recognizing HCH Day on August 15, and celebrate your #HCHValue! Part of National Health Center Week, HCH Day is a time to celebrate the vital work of HCH to meet the basic health care needs of people without homes, eliminate health disparities, and end homelessness. Each year, consumers and staff at HCH programs organize … More