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2012 Ellen Dailey Awardees Announced

The National Consumer Advisory Board and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council are pleased to announce the 2012 Ellen Dailey Awardees:  Cary Carner from Denver, CO and Sue Campbell from Las Cruces, NM!  These exemplary consumer advocates have carried on the legacy of Ellen Dailey and will be honored at our National Conference in Kansas City.  Please visit … More

Council Responds to USA Today Article on Health Centers

Last week USA Today published “Community Health Centers Under Pressure to Improve Care,” an article questioning Health Center performance. National Health Care for the Homeless Council Executive Director John Lozier wrote a letter to the editor in response highlighting areas where Health Centers are performing above the national average while treating the sickest patients burdened with the greatest barriers to … More

The HCH Practiced-Based Research Network Publishes First Journal Article

Results from the first study conducted with the HCH Practice-Based Research Network were recently published. “Contraceptive Services for Women Experiencing Homelessness” co-authored by Barry Saver, MD, MPH, Linda Weinreb, MD, Lillian Gelberg, MD, MSPH, and Suzanne Zerger, PhD, appears in Volume 52, Issue 2, of Women & Health. The investigators surveyed HCH providers regarding the availability of contraceptive services … More

Stories from the Field: Music Makes the Difference – David Hallmark

In this installment of the Council podcast series Stories from the Field, Council Technical Assistant Consultant Sharon Brammer, talks with David Hallmark, Program Specialist at Parkland Health & Hospital, about how he came to work in the HCH field, his love of music and how music helped him help others.

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5 Pre-Conference Institutes offered in Kansas City

As you make plans to be part of the 2012 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium, be sure to register for one of five Pre-Conference Institutes on May 15th. These daylong sessions, led by national homeless health care experts, will delve deeply into topics of high priority to our field: Patient Centered Medical Home… More

Mobilizer: Budgets, Battles, and Deja Vu

The debate over federal spending continued with the recent adoption of a Budget Resolution by the House of Representatives. Drastic cuts to Medicaid, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and extreme cuts to all other domestic spending (including HCH) are central to the House Budget and may influence legislative decisions now and in the future. Contact your elected officials … More

New Healing Hands on Compassion Fatigue | Earn Continuing Education Credit

Compassion Fatigue: The High Cost of Caring examines secondary trauma, including the effects of burnout, warning signs, and organizational as well as individual approaches to managing workplace stress. Readers can earn free CME credit; in most cases, nurses, social workers and other health professionals can apply these credits toward their professional requirements (check with your credentialing body to verify.) Earn … More

National HCH Council files amicus brief supporting human rights and health reform

This spring, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Health Reform; the ACA). The National HCH Council has filed, along with other like-minded organizations, an amicus brief outlining the constitutionality of the ACA on the grounds that it supports international human rights accords signed by the U.S. and addresses racial disparities … More

Self Care for the Health Care Provider: Meditation

The latest in the Council’s Self Care for the Health Care Provider series features meditation as a tool for relaxation and self care presented by Marc Potter, MSW, LCSW. Marc, having come through his own burn out and recovery, works with health care and social service workers using mindfulness, meditation and story telling to address compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, and … More

Mobilizer: Speak out for Health Reform

The Supreme Court proceedings are focusing public attention on health reform in a way not seen since the ACA’s passage. This creates a teachable moment to speak out in the interests of the 65% of Health Care for the Homeless consumers who do not have health insurance, and for millions more who are uninsured and at risk of losing everything … More