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Budgets Affect People. Take Two Minutes and Make a Call.

The 2012 Election is over, and the deficit reduction and ‘fiscal cliff’ debate is now the key item for action. Compromise on spending and revenue will be necessary and will have consequences for homeless services for years to come. Your representatives will not likely be thinking of the impact on homeless people or the programs that serve them unless they … More

New Policy Brief on Medicaid Expansion

The National HCH Council is dedicated to ensuring that HCH grantees (and others who provide health care to homeless populations) are able to maximize the opportunities made possible through the Affordable Care Act. This includes implementing the Medicaid expansion in all states to the fullest extent possible and facilitating enrollment of all those eligible. A new policy brief provides a … More

Funding Opportunities through VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently released its FY 2013 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for its Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. This presents a great opportunity for Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) grantees to obtain funding to offset the costs of serving veterans and their families. In 2011 alone, over 22,000 veterans received services in the … More

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