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Free meals & lodging promotions available for veterans on Sunday!

Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11, and many businesses will offer a host of discounts and free meals to veterans. Health Care for the Homeless grantees can help spread the word about these wonderful promotions to their veteran consumers, who numbered more than 22,000 in 2011. Over a dozen national restaurant chains will offer free or discounted meals, and numerous … More

National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week November 10 – 18

One week before Thanksgiving each year, the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness co-sponsor National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. During this week, a number of schools, communities, and cities take part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessnes.
Find out about events in … More

Leading Transformation to a Patient-Centered Medical Home

Thursday, November 15, 2012
This webinar will address the key elements for PCMH transformation in the HCH setting. Columbus Neighborhood Health Center will share its experience and strategies that led to level 3 NCQA PCMH recognition in 2011.

Anna Gard, FNP-BC; Health Disparities Consultant, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved; Glenside, Pennsylvania
Parminder Bajwa, MD, MBA, DBA; … More

First community health worker partnership announced

In May 2012, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council was awarded $2.6 million to initiate the Community Health Workers and HCH: a Partnership to Promote Primary Care project. We are proud to announce that the first Community Health Worker has been hired for our Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Project, by Harbor Homes in Nashua, New … More

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