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CNN Interviews Council on Obesity

A May 25 feature in CNN.com’s Health section interviews the Council’s Policy Director, Barbara DiPietro, about the rates of obesity among homeless people found in a new study.  “Nutrition is hard to tackle and is often overlooked in discussions about homelessness and health,” says John Lozier, Executive Director of the Council.  “The connection to high rates of diabetes and hypertension … More

HCH Staffing and Services: National Trends and Implications for Growth

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
This webinar will present national trends in health care for the homeless staffing and services identified using Uniform Data Systems (UDS) data and discuss some of the limitations in the data. Representatives from the Health Resources and Services Administration will discuss upcoming changes in UDS reporting while HCH representatives will discuss the implications of trends emerging … More

Start with a Strong Foundation: Council Resources for Training Your Staff in HCH Core Competencies

Thursday, June 7, 2012
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council has a number of resources to assist you and your staff in training on the key elements of the HCH Model of Care. The staff and members of the Council’s Core Competency Work Group have assembled a curriculum that can be used in whole or in part as … More

Medicaid’s Home and Community-Based Services Program: An Orientation for Homeless Health Care Providers

Thursday, May 31, 2012
This webinar will provide an overview of the Federal Home and Community-based Services program, describe opportunities for homeless health care providers to improve access to their states’ HCBS programs, and share examples of two states that have improved access to their HCBS programs for people who are experiencing homelessness. The Medicaid expansion in 2014 to cover … More

2012 Health Reform and Homelessness Policy Statement

Pending the outcome of the Supreme Court’s decisions, Council staff continue to focus on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its impact on people experiencing homelessness.  The Health Reform and Homelessness policy statement highlights our priorities for outreach and enrollment, expansions of health centers and workforce, coverage for services provided in permanent supportive housing and medical respite … More

Mobilizer: Human Needs Sacrificed for Pentagon Spending

The House of Representatives’ plans to vote on a package of spending cuts aimed at a variety of low-income programs. The publicly stated purpose is for deficit reduction, but there are no additional revenues and actual increases in defense spending. Your Representative in the House needs to know cutting low-income programs to pay down a debt they did not cause … More

New Healing Hands: Pursuing National Quality Recognition

The latest issue of Healing Hands, Pursuing National Quality Recognition, explores the medical home model, its benefits, and its commonalities with the health care for the homeless model of care. This newsletter provides numerous resources for health care organizations seeking recognition as patient centered medical homes.
Readers can earn free CME credit; in most cases, nurses, social workers and … More

Huffington Post Features Boston Medical Center’s HUES to Home Program

Boston Medical Center’s High Utilizers of Emergency Services (HUES) to Home program was featured in the April 26, Huffington Post article “‘Care in Your Heart’: Homeless Health Care Costs Prompt Experiments on the Margins.” The article focuses on two participants in the HUES to Home program and the successes and challenges of both the participants and the program itself. Read … More

Health Reform & Homeless Populations: What Does the Law Do for You?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
This webinar will answer questions that homeless consumers often have about the Affordable Care Act—specifically, what does it do for you? Attendees will learn about the major parts of the law that will directly affect them, make sure they are prepared to take advantage of these opportunities, and understand how they can make an impact in … More

Ready, Set, Go: The Road to Meaningful Use of EHRs

Thursday, May 24, 2012
This webinar will focus on key strategies for successful adoption and utilization of electronic health records, including workforce development, financial support and federal incentives, provider and consumer education, and communication infrastructure to meet the meaningful use requirements of the 2009 ARRA HITECH ACT. Highlighting best practice examples of successful adaptations and implementations serving homeless communities and … More