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Teaching Health Centers: A Case Study

Many health centers recognize the benefit of having residents serve patients and learn at their sites and, thus, consider themselves to be “Teaching Health Centers” (THC). However, many of these health centers are not accredited and do not receive additional funding for providing these educational opportunities.
Last spring, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council conducted a survey of … More

Consumer Involvement in Governance—Chicago

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Would you like to engage consumers in leadership decision-making at your health care for the homeless project? Are you considering developing a consumer advisory board? In this webinar, consumer leaders will discuss how consumer advisory boards and consumer board members have helped to maximize the ease of use and comfort of their facilities for all of … More

Let’s Work Together: HCH and CoC Collaborations

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This webinar will address the dynamic role of Continuums of Care in addressing homelessness while defining the array of services available to vulnerable populations. The presenters will describe the many opportunities to learn, communicate, collaborate, and integrate CoC and HCH training, planning, services, and programs to better serve people experiencing homelessness and other underserved populations.
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Emergency Planning at Northeast Regional Training

People experiencing homelessness are at a much higher disaster risk than their housed counterparts. Among other factors, lack of shelter, inadequate access to emergency information, limited social supports, and complex physical and behavioral health needs warrant special attention to this population when disaster planning.
At the upcoming Northeast Regional Training, Sabrina Edgington will lead a workshop track on emergency preparedness. … More

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