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O’Connell honored for humanitarianism

Health care for the homeless physician Jim O’Connell will be awarded the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism. In a ceremony on November 2, 2012, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. O’Connell will be recognized for his influential and inspiring commitment to service.
Dr. O’Connell is the Founder and President of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and has been a member … More

Joining Forces: Improving Care for Veterans through HCH-VA Collaborations

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Over 22,000 veterans were served by health care for the homeless grantees in 2011. Veterans are consistently over-represented in the homeless population, and although these numbers are decreasing thanks to federal efforts to end veteran homelessness, circumstances may change with the return of additional service members from the current conflict. Many veterans are eligible for Veterans … More

Moving Forward with Meaningful Use in the HCH Setting

Thursday, November 8, 2012
This webinar will address the key elements to integrating meaningful use (MU) of health information into the HCH practice setting. The office of CMS will address questions related to the MU stage 1 and 2 and the core requirements for attestation. Christ Community Health Services will share their experience in implementing MU into their care delivery … More

Get out the Vote!

HCH projects nationwide have registered thousands of HCH consumers to vote on November 6. This nonpartisan effort to empower individuals experiencing homelessness is inspiring – but not yet over. While registration deadlines have passed in most states, getting out the vote – on Election Day or by early voting where available – is really what this effort is all about.… More

NCAB leads the way on voter registration

NCAB steering committee member Rodney Dawkins, from Heartland Health Outreach (HHO) in Chicago, held weekly  sessions during August, September, and October to assist people experiencing homelessness with registering to vote. Dawkins’s experience showed that individuals were reluctant to register for a number of reasons, all of which he helped resolve.
Some individuals were concerned that their ex-offender status precluded them … More

The Fiscal Cliff

A combination of expiring tax cuts and automatic spending cuts, known collectively as “the fiscal cliff,” is set to kick in on January 1, 2013, and negotiations are happening now. The current law that requires significant cuts to both defense and non-defense programs is wildly unpopular and may be supplanted by an alternative agreement, where the real danger to safety … More

Care Transitions for Patients Experiencing Homelessness

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
This webinar will provide an introduction to transitional care and highlight a new care transition model developed by Oregon Health and Sciences University that targets low-income and uninsured patients, including those who are experiencing homelessness. Transitional care models aim to improve health care delivery, increase patient self-management skills, and reduce health care costs by preventing avoidable … More

Disaster planning as Sandy approaches

Our thoughts are with those in the eastern United States facing the Hurricane Sandy disaster, especially people without shelter.
To get your community ready for future events, please see our materials on emergency planning for people experiencing homelessness.… More

New Healing Hands: Decreasing Unintended Pregnancy Among Women Experiencing Homelessness

The fall issue of Healing Hands, Decreasing Unintended Pregnancy Among Women Experiencing Homelessness, explores the public health ramifications of unintended pregnancy and discusses contraception options. The newsletter also looks at funding sources for family planning programs and includes a toolkit of practical resources for providers and patients.
Readers can earn free CME credit; in most cases, nurses, social … More

Remembering Sarah

The health care for the homeless community lost one of its own last week as advocate Sarah Davidson passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2012.
A founding member of the National Consumer Advisory Board, Davidson experienced homelessness after a lupus diagnosis forced her to leave her job as a registered nurse in the San Antonio area, where she had a … More