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Opportunities Ahead but Sequester Cuts Remain

This week the Continuing Resolution funding the government through September 30 was signed into law. Health centers received an $300 million increase in combined annual and Affordable Care Act funding, but the automatic cuts of the sequester remain in effect. The $300 million increase will allow health centers to absorb the $120 million reduction from sequestration and provide $180 million … More

HCH on Capitol Hill

At the National Health Care for the Homeless Conference and Policy Symposium, hundreds of conference attendees held over 70 meetings with elected officials and their staff. The meetings educated lawmakers about the great work done by the HCH community and the needs of vulnerable people. The stories we heard about were heartening, with consumers, clinicians, and those new to communicating … More

NCAB Study to Be Published in Violence and Victims Journal

“Exploring the Experiences of Violence Among Individuals Who are Homeless Using a Consumer-Led Approach” was accepted for publication in the journal Violence and Victims for early 2014. Authors include National Health Care for the Homeless Council research staff (Molly Meinbresse and Darlene Jenkins, DrPH), National Consumer Advisory Board members (Amy Grassette, Joseph Benson, Carol Hall, Reginald Hamilton, and Marianne … More

Reflections on the National HCH Conference

With one of the highest attendance records in its history, the 2013 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium was a huge success as numerous experts from the housing, allied health, and HCH fields came together to support providers in delivering effective care to vulnerable populations.
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share our work … More

Board Member Featured on USICH Blog

Amy Grassette, former chair of the National Consumer Advisory Board and current secretary of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council Board of Directors, recently wrote a guest blog post for U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. Explaining how homelessness could happen to anyone, Grassette discusses how millions of families are just one accident, illness, or layoff away from experiencing … More

Increased Need Calls for Increased Capacity

Health centers must increase their capacity to serve millions of newly insured individuals in the next few years, while continuing to serve millions of uninsured persons. Sequestration and other budget cuts have already reduced planned health center growth, and further cuts must be averted. Contact your Representatives today and ask that they support health center funding in FY14 by signing … More

Clinician Tip Sheet and QI Resource List Released as Part of HCH Quality Leaders Initiative

For over a year, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s HCH Quality Leaders Initiative has studied the characteristics of high-performing HCH grantees and translated key practices into recommendations for fellow grantees. Along with publishing the full Case Study and Quick Guide, the Council has released two new practical tools to build upon this body of research.
The … More

Advocate Spotlight

For most of his career, Jay Tankanow, LSW, has worked in the human services field, first as an emergency medical technician and then as a social worker for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health running dual diagnosis programs dealing with mental illness and addiction therapy. He has also been a consumer advocate in campaigns promoting patient safety through use of … More

Baltimore HCH Featured in NPR Story

In a story on the aging homeless population, nursing services coordinator Yvonne Jauregui with Health Care for the Homeless, Inc., in Baltimore discusses the growing percentage of patients who are 50 or older.
Read more about the article and listen to the broadcast on NPR’s website.… More

HCH Quality Leaders Quick Guide Shares Practical Tools for Quality Improvement

Building upon the National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s Case Study on HCH Quality Leaders—which identified the key practices promoting quality of care and quality improvement (QI) strategies among four high-performing HCH grantees—this quick guide was assembled for practical application of the findings. This publication contains useful resources to augment grantees’ QI initiatives, including information on the QI … More