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Shelter Health


Leveraging Partnerships to Improve Access and Build a Healthier Shelter Environment

Year Developed: 2024

Resource Type: Toolkit.

Primary Audience: Administrative Staff Clinicians Enabling Staff Outreach Staff
Secondary Audience: Board of Directors C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) PCAs

Language(s): English

Developed by: National Health Care for the Homeless Council
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Resource Summary: This toolkit contains resources health centers and shelters may use to improve access to primary care for people experiencing homelessness and identify strategies to create strong partnerships between shelters, health centers and local health departments.

Resource Details: Health Centers, especially health care for the homeless providers, are uniquely positioned to engage with shelters to provide care for their residents and to develop procedures, policies, and response plans to expected and unforeseen health concerns. This toolkit contains resources health centers and shelters may use to improve access to primary care for people experiencing homelessness and identify strategies to create strong partnerships between shelters, health centers and local health departments.

Resource Topic: Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Health Equity, Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships.

Keywords: Access to Care, Community Engagement, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS), Environmental Health, Health Care Facilities, Health Systems, Housing, Infectious Diseases, Non-Clinical Services, Persons Experiencing Homelessness, Residents of Public Housing.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.