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Did You Miss the 2012 National Conference?

Videos of the plenary sessions are available on the conference plenary sessions page and handouts and slides presentations for most workshops are available on the workshop descriptions page.… More

The National HCH Council Publishes Two New Policy Briefs

The Council recently completed two new policy briefs.  “Medicaid’s Home and Community Based Services Program: an orientation for homeless health care provider” provides an in depth look into the opportunities Medicaid Home and Community Based Services provide for expanding housing programs for people experiencing homelessness.  “HCH Staffing and Services:  National Trends and Implications for Growth” discusses data trends … More

New Healing Hands: Addressing Family Homelessness

The latest issue of Healing Hands, Addressing Family Homelessness, explores the unique burdens of homelessness on families, offers homeless health care providers tools to address some of these issues and reports on the effort to end family homelessness. The issue also offers insights from providers and families and incorporates photographs from the National Center on Family Homelessness exhibit, Looking … More

Council Policy Director Barbara DiPietro Article in Scientific World Journal

The Council’s Policy Director, Barbara DiPietro, published the article “Ill, Itinerant, and Insured: The Top 20 Users of Emergency Departments in Baltimore City,” along with colleagues Dana Kindermann and Stephen M. Schenkel, in the April 2012  Scientific World Journal. A study of the top 20 most frequent users of three emergency departments in Baltimore City found that 18 were … More

Stories from the Field podcast: The Rewards of Working in HCH

Our Stories from the Field podcast series continues with a discussion between Dr. Barbara Wismer of Tom Waddell Health Center in San Francisco and Scott Petersen of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in Denver. Barbara and Scott discussed their work histories in the HCH field and what the works means to them as practitioners and providers.

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Live Training: LGBT Health Care and Housing: Strategies & Resources

Friday June 29, 2012
This full-day, live training presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council in partnership with The Fenway Institute and the Oasis Center, at the Oasis Center in Nashville, Tennessee will offer strategies, resources and information regarding services for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and adults. The training will include a description of … More

Mobilizer: Supreme Court Decision on Health Reform

The Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (the ACA; Health Reform) will be announced Thursday June 28 around 10am EDT. The fate of the Medicaid Expansion that will provide health insurance to millions of low-income and homeless persons hangs in the balance.  Use the expected media attention to publicly support the expanded health coverage … More

Mobilizer: Health Needs Grow as Resources Diminish

Deliberations over next year’s funding are underway and the advocacy of the HCH community is needed more than ever. The tight spending caps put in place by last summer’s Budget Control Act (BCA) have made resources scarce and will require tough choices where prioritizing one program will lead to fewer resources for another. Call your members of Congress today to … More

Hot Spotters in the HCH Setting: Managing Patients with Complex Comorbidities

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
This webinar will present findings from a review of the literature and field interviews with four health care for the homeless projects regarding their management of complex comorbidities including a highlight of practices from the HCH project at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Masschusetts. Managing complex comorbidities with patients who are homeless can be very challenging … More

Health Reform and Justice-Involved Populations: Opportunities for the HCH Community

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
This webinar will highlight the potential for using the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion to engage justice agencies in stronger partnerships that will enroll patients into health insurance programs, share data with other providers, and facilitate better coordinated care for those entering and leaving detention. In states where health reform is aggressively implemented, reductions in recidivism … More