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Wednesday Is Health Care for the Homeless Day

On the Wednesday of Health Center Week, we note the important role of homeless health care in eliminating health disparities and ending homelessness in our country.
Over a million people who do not have homes are cared for by health centers each year.  Many of our patients without homes have multiple complex, chronic diseases that drastically diminish their chances … More

Planning for HCH Day at Your Project

This webinar describes Community Health Center Week and provides specific information on Health Care for the Homeless Day. Over 20 million individuals receive services from community health centers every year, nearly 2 million of those are individuals experiencing homelessness. HCH projects play a vital role in providing medical and other important services to individuals experiencing homelessness. HCH Day provides HCH … More

Poster Proposals for West Coast Training

Students of medicine and social work are invited to submit poster proposals describing academic or practice-based research relating to health care and housing at the 2013 West Coast Health & Housing Training. Selected posters will be presented during the training in Irvine, CA, September 18-20, 2013. Thanks to the generosity of Wells Fargo, presenters will receive complimentary travel, lodging, … More

Southwest Health & Housing Training

October 28 – 29, 2013 | Hyatt Regency Houston
Jointly sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Join colleagues from across the country for two full days of professional development at the National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s Southwest Health & Housing Training, October 28 – 29, 2013, in Houston. … More

Call for proposals open

The Call for Proposals for the 2014 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference, May 28-30, 2014, in New Orleans, is now open.… More

NEJM Publishes Article on Tobacco Use among People Experiencing Homelessness

On July 18, 2013, the New England Journal of Medicine published “Tobacco Use among Homeless People—Addressing the Neglected Addiction,” an article by Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network member Travis Baggett and his colleagues, Matthew Tobey and Nancy Rigotti. The authors provide information on the health burden of smoking in patients who are homeless, including increased rates … More

CDC Health Advisory: Synthetic Opioid Overdosing

Recently, a number of intravenous drug users have overdosed on a new, nonprescription injected synthetic opioid, acetyl fentanyl. Acetyl fentanyl is a fentanyl analog previously undocumented in illicit drug use that is up to five times more potent than heroin. CDC recommends increased vigilance by public health agencies, emergency departments, state laboratories, medical examiners, and coroners for patients with symptoms … More

HCH Day Less Than Eight Weeks Away

National Health Center Week is August 11-17, 2013, with HCH Day on Wednesday, August 14. This week coincides with the August Congressional Recess (Aug. 2 – Sept. 8) when members of Congress are in their home districts. If your project has not begun planning an event, time is of the essence. Check out the great resources provided at the National … More

New Quick Guide on Establishing and Strengthening Collaborations with VA Medical Centers

The purpose of this quick guide is to assist health care for the homeless grantees with their efforts to establish and strengthen collaborations with local Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs). Many HCH grantees are already collaborating with VAMCs to coordinate care for veterans and use the wealth of services, benefits, and expertise available from VAMCs, but there is room for … More

New Diabetes Treatment Guidelines Available Now

The HCH Clinicians’ Network has just released the 2013 edition of Adapting Your Practice: Treatment and Recommendations for Patients Who Are Homeless with Diabetes Mellitus. Special thanks to Clinicians’ Network members Aaron Kalinowski, MD, MPH; Tracy Tinker, RN, MSN, CDE; and Barbara Wismer, MD, MPH; for revising and updating the previous guidelines to create this new edition. … More