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Registration Is Open for Our 2018 Leadership Summit on Homelessness & Health Care!

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council has sent invitations for our members-only 2018 Leadership Summit on Homelessness & Health Care from October 4-5 at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville. This gathering complements the National HCH Conference & Policy Symposium by focusing on priority-setting for the Council’s advocacy and programs, strategic planning, leadership development, networking, and peer support.… More

Explore the Planning/Start-Up Track at our Medical Respite Training Symposium

2018 Medical Respite Training Symposium

Creating new medical respite services doesn’t happen overnight–it takes funding, staff, partnerships, and vision to build these vital programs. Learn how with the Planning/Start-Up track at our Medical Respite Training Symposium in Phoenix, AZ, from October 1-2. Five of our 17 CME-accredited workshops will introduce you to the foundations of medical respite care, from creating new programs to expanding them … More

HCH Day 2018: We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nation: A Message from Our CEO Bobby Watts

Bobby Watts

Today, Wednesday, August 15th, is National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Day, a time when the country and health centers focus on the importance and contributions of HCH programs. Now, as much as ever, it is important that they know our story. The story of how the HCH program has grown is impressive. In response to … More

HCH Heroes: Aspiring to Health Care Justice

Written by Katherine Cavanaugh, NHCHC Consumer Advocate. This essay is part of our celebration of HCH Day.
“Contemporary homelessness is the product of conscious social and economic policy decisions that have retreated from a commitment to ensuring basic life necessities for all people.”
This is a founding principle of the National HCH Council and is evident in the … More

Read the August Edition of Council News: Medical Respite in Focus

Council News

Our latest Council News spotlights medical respite care, highlighting our new training symposium, revamped program directory, and new self-assessment resources for respite programs. This issue also features tips and ideas for celebrating HCH Day, as well as a new policy brief on Medicaid work requirements, new adapted clinical guidelines for caring for youth without homes, … More

HCH Day is Approaching!

Please join the Council in recognizing HCH Day on August 15, and celebrate your #HCHValue! Part of National Health Center Week, HCH Day is a time to celebrate the vital work of HCH to meet the basic health care needs of people without homes, eliminate health disparities, and end homelessness. Each year, consumers and staff at HCH programs organize … More

Explore the Future of Medical Respite at Our Symposium

2018 Medical Respite Training Symposium

You’re invited to our first-ever Medical Respite Training Symposium! From October 1-2 in Phoenix, AZ, this singular, CME-accredited conference will bring together providers, consumers, administrators, and advocates for intensive workshops illuminating the unique care model that is medical respite care.
Whether you wish to create new respite services, bolster clinical practices and consumer engagement, or secure funding and build … More

New Mobilizer: HCHs on the Front Lines of Treatment and Advocacy

Take Action

Read a message from our CEO Bobby Watts to learn how you can help address the opioid epidemic in Mobilizer. For more than 30 years, Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) programs have delivered effective substance use disorder services as part of primary care. As America struggles in the midst of a deadly opioid crisis, it is critical that … More

The Role of the Social Determinants of Health in Promoting Health Equity

Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and the National Center for Medical Education, Development and Research
Monday, August 20, 2018 | 11 a.m-12 p.m. CT

The impact of factors such as housing, socioeconomic status, education, social support, and safety have been well documented as key influencers of a patient’s health and response to treatment. In fact, … More

Council Recognizes World Hepatitis Day

Today, July 28th, join the Council in recognizing World Hepatitis Day. Worldwide, 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis and do not realize they have the disease. People experiencing homelessness are more likely to suffer from hepatitis C than individuals with stable housing and may lack access to proper testing and health care for managing this disease.
Find … More