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Health Care Needs for Homeless Populations in a Health Reform World

Health Care Needs for Homeless Populations in a Health Reform World (Affiliated with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; January 16, 2013)… More

How to help in brutally cold weather

How cold is it in your city today? Early January’s “polar vortex” brings historically low temperatures across the U.S.: 7° in Nashville, -10° in Chicago, -7° in Omaha, 3° in Louisville, and -25° in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Just being outside is a health hazard, with frostbite kicking in after only a few minutes on exposed skin.
With temperatures like these, cold … More

Budget Deal Restores Health and Housing Funding But More Work To Do

As 2013 winds to a close, Mobilizer readers can take some solace in a resolution, or at least a temporary détente, in the budget debates in Congress with the announcement of the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA). The BBA will increase funding in FY14 and FY15, a welcome change to the fierce appetite for cutting programs that has prevailed since 2011. … More

NHCHC staff publishes editorial about National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Last week, the Tennessean published an editorial by Council staff member Brian Zralek calling attention to National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. “Help Us Resolve Homelessness” calls for these observances to motivate change in how people perceive those experiencing homelessness. Zralek hopes that recognizing National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day will “challenge those beliefs that homelessness is a choice or that people … More

Starvation is Bad for Your Health. Protect Food Stamps!

Congress is currently debating whether to deny SNAP benefits for millions of currently eligible households, many of whom are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. As health care providers and as advocates, it is our duty to speak out against these cruel and short-sighted cuts. We must illustrate how denying SNAP benefits will harm the health and stability of those who … More

East Nashville Christmas Musicians Benefit NHCHC

Just in time for the holidays, 75 Nashville-based artists and musicians come together in support of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
A holiday-themed compilation album and concert, An East Nashville Christmas brings together local and world-renowned musicians for 18 holiday recordings by such names as Sam Bush, BR5-49, Chris Scruggs, David Mayfield Parade, Mike Farris, Julie Lee, … More

Budget Cuts Make Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure

The HCH Community knows what works: affordable housing, accessible health care, livable incomes, and a strong social safety net. Improving access to these basic human needs is how we can reduce the burdens and incidence of homelessness. Unfortunately, the national focus on program cuts, culminating in the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester, have stopped our progress and will … More

Services Planned for Karen Rotondo

Karen Rotondo, RN, the “Founding Mother” of the Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network, passed away on November 6 at her daughter Suzanne’s home in Philadelphia after a six month battle with cancer.  Karen directed the HCH program in Springfield, Massachusetts, and afterwards served as the Technical Assistance Coordinator for the National HCH Council.  We will remember her for … More

2014 National Conference and Policy Symposium

Register now for the 2014 National Conference and Policy Symposium, May 28-30 in New Orleans. The annual National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Conference is organized by HCH professionals for HCH professionals, including clinicians, support staff, administrators, board members, and consumers of HCH services. Organizational members of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council receive 10% off registration … More

New Healing Hands: Speaking from Experience: The Power of Peer Specialists

The fall issue of Healing Hands, Speaking from Experience: The Power of Peer Specialists, explores the ways that peer delivered social support services are filling the needs of people in or seeking recovery from mental and substance use disorders.
Readers can earn free CME credit; in most cases, nurses, social workers and other health professionals can apply these … More