Healing Hands | Fall 2013

Healing Hands, a publication of the HCH Clinicians’ Network

Speaking from Experience: The Power of Peer Specialists | Volume 17, number 3

Jointly sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.

Learning Objectives
After participating in this CME activity, participants should be able to describe and discuss:

  • Unique elements of the HCH approach to patient care
  • Experiences of consumers of HCH services, clinicians serving homeless people, and advocates for homeless people throughout the nation, as they work to maintain clinical quality, consumer participation, and interdisciplinary approaches in clinic care
  • Systemic realities of barriers to care and methods to remove those barriers at clinic and community levels

Target Audience
Healing Hands is designed by homeless health care professionals for homeless health care professionals, particularly clinicians and their support staff, across the U.S. This publication is designed to help learners understand and apply information about effective delivery of health care to homeless patients.


  • Course Director: Jule West, MD, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Writer: Brenda Proffitt, MHA, Clarity Communications
  • Planner: Sapna Bamrah, MD, Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Planner: Lily Catalano, BA, Communications and Program Assistant, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
  • Planner: Dawn Cogliser, RN-BC, PMHN-BC, Ambulatory Care Manager, Project H.O.P.E, Camden, NJ
  • Planner: Brian Colangelo, LCSW, Social Worker, Project H.O.P.E.
  • Planner: Bob Donovan, MD, Physician, Cincinnati Health Network, Inc., Health Resource Center
  • Planner: Kent Forde, MPH, Public Health Analyst, Health Resources & Services Administration
  • Planner: Amy Grassette, Chair, National Consumer Advisory Board
  • Planner: Ansell Horn, RN, NP, PhD, Nurse Practitioner, Lutheran Family Health Centers Community Medicine Program
  • Planner: Aaron Kalinowski, MD, Horizon House; Linwood Health Center
  • Planner: Katy Kelleghan, Director of Community Health Initiatives, Heartland Health Outreach
  • Planner: Maria Mayo, MDiv, PhD, Communications Coordinator, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
  • Planner: Michelle Nance, NP, RN, Nurse Practitioner, San Francisco Department Public Health, Housing & Urban Health
  • Planner: Victoria Raschke, MA, Director of Technical Assistance and Training, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
  • Planner: Rachel Rodriguez-Marzec, MS, FNP-C, PMHNP-C, Nurse Practitioner, Young Children’s Health Center, UNM

Faculty Disclosure
It is the policy of the ACCME and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to require disclosure of financial relationships from individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity; to identify and resolve conflicts of interest related to those relationships; and to make disclosure information available to the audience prior to the CME activity.  Presenters are required to disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentations. No one in a position to influence the content of this enduring material has a financial relationship to disclose.

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.  Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial Support
This enduring material received no commercial support.

Method of Participation
This enduring material consists of a written article and post-test requiring approximately one-hour of your time.

To obtain CME credit for your participation in this activity, you must:

  • read the article
  • click on the link to the Vanderbilt CME website (you will be required to create a login)
  • complete the post-test with a passing score of at least 80%
  • evaluate the activity
  • your credit will be immediately available online

Personal information is used for issuing a CME credit certificate and storing that credit in the Vanderbilt CME database.

The release date for this enduring material is July 1, 2013. Credit expires on June 30, 2015.

Hardware/software requirements
Internet access

Contact Information
For additional information, contact Lily Catalano at lcatalano@nhchc.org.