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Community Health Workers & Pharmacists: Their Frontline Role in the Response to COVID-19 (2021). Resource Type: Field-Generated Publication. * Description: This webinar outlined opportunities and strategies to support these workers and strengthen their ability to improve public health and promote health equity. More Details...

Advancing CHW Engagement in COVID-19 Response Strategies: A Playbook for Local Health Department Strategies in the United States (2021). Resource Type: Field-Generated Publication. * Description: This playbook was developed by the CBWA to facilitate both the conceptualization and operationalization of CHW engagement for pandemic response strategies. More Details...

Vaccine Ambassador Program and Job Description (2021). Resource Type: Template. Description: As communities embark on COVID-19 vaccine campaigns, they are confronting a long history of discrimination and negative interactions with medical services experienced by racial and ethnic minority groups and people experiencing homelessness (PEH), which can contribute to mistrust and vaccine hesitancy. To build vaccine confidence, communities should consider hiring Vaccine Ambassadors to engage PEH and homeless service providers by facilitating two-way communication and disseminating accurate vaccine information. This document describes how. More Details...

Benioff Community Health Outreach Worker Model: Considerations for Vaccine Ambassador Programs (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This brief describes the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative's cross-discipline program model that peered medical teams with Community Health and Outreach workers to inform vaccine ambassador programs. More Details...

Increasing Access to COVID-19 Vaccines Among Homeless Populations: Successful Partnerships Series (2021). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This webinar series highlighted successful partnerships between Health Care for the Homeless health centers and local governments around the United States in their efforts to effectively get vaccines to people experiencing homelessness. More Details...

COVID-19 Bingo (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: COVID Bingo is a family game that teaches important steps to reduce risk and support COVID vaccinations in agricultural worker communities. The game includes instructions, game boards, and game cards. It is available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Mixteco, and Mam. More Details...

Trust or Trustworthiness: Which Comes First? (2021). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Among calls to overcome \"vaccine hesitancy\" among historically marginalized populations, this webinar (part 1 of a 2-part series) posits that to achieve trust (in vaccines), we must first become trustworthy. More Details...

Resource Guide for Health Centers: Community Health Workers and COVID-19 Vaccine (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: Community Health Workers/Promotores(as) de Salud can play a crucial role in addressing disparities in accessing COVID-19 education and resources in special and vulnerable communities. In this Resource Guide, we provide examples, tools, and best practices to help health centers better integrate Community Health Workers/Promotores(as) into their COVID-19 vaccination efforts. More Details...

The COVID-19 Pandemic Resources and Information: Spanish and English (2020). Resource Type: Other. Description: We at Migrant Clinicians Network have a priority to support both clinicians and the vulnerable patients they serve. MCN continually develops strategies and resources to support health centers, health departments, community groups, and clinicians as they reach out to communities that are often overlooked and give care to patients who might otherwise have nowhere to go. We remain highly concerned for the vulnerable populations that already encounter numerous barriers to health and to care. More Details...

So You Want to Start a Health Care for the Homeless Program (2021). Resource Type: Other. Description: This two-page quick guide answers the common question: How do I become an HCH grantee? It addresses both existing health center grantees and non-health-center prospective applicants. More Details...

Fotonovela: Be Informed About the COVID-19 Vaccine (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This resource is an Illustrated brochure for agricultural workers that provides information and answers questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. It was jointly developed by Farmworker Justice, National Center for Farmworker Health, and Health Outreach Partners. More Details...

Maintaining Access to Dental Services During COVID-19 (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, dental services were deemed non-essential and oral health services stopped. For people experiencing homelessness especially, however, dental services are critical. Over time, Health Care for the Homeless health centers innovated strategies to reopen and sustain access to these crucial services. This paper tracks themes from these innovations and recommends strategies to keep oral health services going during a pandemic. More Details...

Using HRSA Health Center Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to Improve Systems of Care for People Experiencing Homelessness (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: As part of a larger $10 billion dollar investment to expand vaccine access in hardest-hit and high-risk communities, $6 billion dollars is being allocated by HRSA to 1,376 health centers to expand access to care. This funding presents a substantial opportunity to meet immediate needs and also improve systems of care for people experiencing homelessness. Read our issue brief on funding possibilities. More Details...

A Clinical Resource Guide for Community Care Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring a comprehensive infectious disease response. People experiencing homelessness are at a unique disadvantage in adhering to infectious diseases prevention and control directives. In response, many communities have created facilities that provide 24/7 shelter, urgent and medical respite care, and infection prevention and control measures. This guide will focus on the needs of homeless populations requiring a stay at centers because they have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to it, or are thought to be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 exposure. More Details...

COVID-19 Vaccine:  Tips from your Community Health Worker (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: COVID-19 vaccines are a critical tool to help stop the spread of disease and protect our communities. MHP Salud\'s Tips from your Community Health Worker resource for is designed for health workers supporting patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). The tips and resources aim to help health centers build vaccine confidence among the migrant and agricultural worker population and their families. More Details...

Bridging Patient Access: Best Practices for Community Health Workers (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: As telehealth services continue to bridge patient access to health services, it is important for health centers to focus on best practices that ensure excellent delivery of care. Thisguideincludeshelpful information about telehealth service delivery, tips for providing good virtual care, and how Community Health Workers(CHWs)can engage in telehealth. More Details...

Module 1: Cultural and Self-Humility with Nationalities Services Center - Populations at Risk for HepB (2021). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Ariel MacNeill and Bianca Taipe from the Nationalities Services Center, whose mission focuses on welcoming immigrants and refugees and connecting them to services in Philadelphia, PA, will discuss cultural and self-humility as it relates to providing health care and social services to people coming from different cultural identities. The presenters will also review trauma-informed practice and barriers that different populations face in accessing health care, as well as resources to address those barriers. More Details...

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Patients (2021). Resource Type: Field-Generated Publication. * Description: This 2021 publication from the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center details how the COVID-19 pandemic affects LGBTQIA+ subpopulations. This brief provides strategies and resources to improve the capacity of health centers to meet the needs of LGBTQIA+ patients during the pandemic. More Details...

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Implementation Toolkit (2021). Resource Type: Toolkit. Description: This is a toolkit for decision-makers and implementers of vaccine clinics. Our goal was to create a “vaccination clinic in a box” that could be replicated in, and tailored to, many types of settings. The guide includes prompts for questions you may need to ask, examples of many types of documents that you may need (and information about where to find more documentation), and lessons-learned from our experience. More Details...

Rural Federally Qualified Health Centers Financial and Operational Performance Analysis 2016-2019 (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This report, prepared by Capital Link with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provides an aggregate financial and operational profile of rural Federally Qualified Health Centers. More Details...

Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Federally Qualified Health Centers (2021). Resource Type: Other. Description: The Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Federally Qualified Health Centers report highlights the net projected losses of Rural FQHCs from April 2020 through June 2021, after taking into account critical federal support made available through December 2020. (Released in 2021) More Details...

Financial Impact of COVID-19 on California Federally Qualified Health Centers - Infographic (2021). Resource Type: Other. Description: Created with support from the California Health Care Foundation, this infographic highlights California FQHCs’ net projected losses from April through December 2020, after taking into account critical federal support made available through December 2020. More Details...

Community Health Workers and Peer Specialists: Key Roles in Addressing Diabetes Control Before and During COVID-19 Health Pandemic (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This publication showcases the important role of front-line CHW/Peer Specialists in maintaining connections with the community for diabetes control, especially in the time of a health pandemic. More Details...

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy: Media, Web Page, Person to Person, and Target Populations (2021). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 combines specific didactic, case-based learning and COVID-19 experiences and expertise in primary care to front line Safety Net healthcare providers across the country during this pandemic. More Details...

Ready, Set, Prep Program (2021). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: CPCA partnered with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) Region 9 Prevention through Active Community Engagement (PACE) Director to record a webcast that provides 2021 updates on the Ready, Set, PrEP nationwide program and offers various bilingual resources that speak to accessing PrEP medications at no cost. More Details...

Partnering for the COVID Vaccine: Lessons from the Flu-LEAD Project (2021). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, the National Center for Health in Public Housing, and subject matter experts from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development hosted a webinar about leveraging health center and housing authority partnerships for COVID vaccine distribution. More Details...

Infographic: COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine FAQ (2021). Resource Type: Other. Description: This infographic is meant to be a client-facing handout providing education and FAQs on the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. While it is designed to be accessible to populations experiencing homelessness, it is applicable to all patients. More Details...

Trauma, Mental Health, and Access to Services for People Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19: Healing Hands (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: Healing Hands, a publication of the HCH Clinicians’ Network, melds scientific knowledge with the experience of clinicians working in Health Care for the Homeless and reflects issues of concern to direct service providers and program administrators who serve people experiencing homelessness. This edition is the first in a two-part series focusing on the mental health impacts of COVID-19. More Details...

Staff Wellness During COVID-19: Healing Hands (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: Healing Hands, a publication of the HCH Clinicians’ Network, melds scientific knowledge with the experience of clinicians working in Health Care for the Homeless and reflects issues of concern to direct service providers and program administrators who serve people experiencing homelessness. This is the second in a pair of editions focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 on homeless health care. More Details...

Coping with COVID-19: Trauma-informed Care for Pediatric NICU Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic (2020). Resource Type: Online Self-Paced Learning Modules. Description: This is a FREE online continuing education course that provides 1 credit to nurses, physicians, social workers, and licensed marriage and family therapists. All other professions are welcome to take the course, and will receive a Certificate of Completion. More Details...

Coping with COVID-19: Trauma-informed Care for Frontline Maternity Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic (2020). Resource Type: Online Self-Paced Learning Modules. Description: This is a FREE online continuing education course that provides 1 credit to nurses, physicians, social workers, and licensed marriage and family therapists. All other professions are welcome to take the course, and will receive a Certificate of Completion. More Details...

Strengthening Partnerships for Better Health Outcomes During COVID-19 (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: For the first time in recent memory, homelessness has been acknowledged as a public health crisis, one that community health centers of all kinds are beginning to confront. These case studies profile health centers that partnered with homeless services organizations to coordinate on COVID-19 services for people without homes. More Details...

Consumer Perspectives of the COVID-19 Vaccine: COVID-19 & the HCH Community (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: To better understand how people experiencing homelessness view the COVID-19 vaccine, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council conducted focus groups with steering committee members of its National Consumer Advisory Board and with consumers from local community homeless service programs. This brief is intended to (1) share their direct feedback so those planning vaccination events can better reach priority populations like those experiencing homelessness, and (2) identify actions that should be taken now to maximize the uptake of the vaccine. More Details...

Homeless Mortality and the Impact of COVID-19 (2021). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This webinar gave an overview of the new Homeless Mortality Data Toolkit, featuring two communities who conduct a thorough review of homeless mortality, including reflections on the impact of COVID-19 on untimely deaths. Determining leading cause of death is a crucial part of health centers\' needs assessment requirements; for any health center serving people without homes, the strategies shared in this discussion should be central. More Details...

Physical Activity & Diabetes Prevention in the COVID-19 Landscape (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: In the context of COVID-19 traditional strategies to engage patients in diabetes control were curtailed. This webinar highlights the why and how for physical activity to address diabetes in these constrained economic times and the key roles of community partners. More Details...

The HCH Community & COVID-19: Vaccines for Clients and Staff (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: As vaccines for COVID-19 are approved and become available for distribution, questions abound on when they will be available for people experiencing homelessness as well as staff working in community-based programs (such as health centers and homeless shelters). This discussion identified the main challenges to vaccinating the HCH community, the strategies needed to ensure a successful vaccination campaign, and the immediate action steps to consider in order to be prepared. More Details...

Public Housing Primary Care (PHPC) COVID-19 Dashboard (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This dashboard by NCHPH provides the latest COVID-19 statistics in Public Housing Primary Care (PHPC) Health Centers, including race and ethnicity data and additional resources. More Details...

Diabetes and Seasonal Influenza (Flu) During COVID-19: Protect Yourself! (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This infographic addresses the importance of influenza (flu) prevention among public housing residents with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic. More Details...

Culturally Competent Care: Learning Collaborative (20; Session 2 11). Resource Type: Other. Description: This is a learning collaborative series of 4 sessions where Health Center staff learned about standards for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) to their patients. Slides and recordings for all sessions are available here as well as resources to facilitate the implementation of CLAS in health center settings. More Details...

Issue Brief: COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Protections for Agricultural Workers (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This issue brief summarizes COVID-19 paid sick leave protections for agricultural workers. More Details...

Winter is Coming: Flu and COVID-19 (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This webinar described the challenges and strategies of two co-occurring issues: the surge of COVID-19 cases and the flu season. More Details...

Ensuring Access to Care Through State Medicaid Telehealth Policies: COVID-19 & the HCH Community (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: In order to quickly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government allowed temporary flexibilities to many policies related to telehealth services. This issue brief describes the temporary telehealth policies that have been especially successful for Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) health centers, and provides recommended actions at the state/local level for implementing more long-term solutions. Moving forward, making these policies permanent features of state Medicaid plans would help increase access to care for people experiencing homelessness, and improve health outcomes. More Details...

COM Talks: Crisis Communications (2020). Resource Type: Online Self-Paced Learning Modules. Description: As part of the COVID-19 Supplemental Funding activities for the Virginia Community Healthcare Association’s 330 Work Plan, the Association has been producing live learning sessions via Zoom at least once a month for health center communications and outreach staff. In each session, a contracted subject matter expert covers a communications and outreach topic pertinent to COVID-19 and crisis/emergency communications. Sessions so far have included Crisis Communications Planning, Outreach Strategies for Vulnerable Populations During a Crisis, and Myth Busting Strategies to Promote Truth Online. Session recordings are available on the Association’s on-demand training platform, the Community Health Center Learning Library. More Details...

What Health Centers Need to Know about CARES Act Funding:: An Interactive Online Guide to Inform Health Providers on Housing Resources under COVID 19 (2020). Resource Type: Online Self-Paced Learning Modules. Description: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed on March 27, 2020 provides for over $2 trillion dollars in stimulus funding to combat the economic downturn due to the coronavirus pandemic. Information provided in this guide on the CARES Act will focus on resources directed to State, local governments, and community organizations to address the needs of people facing homelessness and at-risk of homelessness. More Details...

Supporting Tenants During COVID-19 Using Technology Based Strategies - CSH Three Part Telehealth Series: Tips for Using Technology to Support Tenants in Supportive Housing Tenants (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: In Telehealth, the Technology can be used as a complement to face-to-face services, and also as a service on its own. Technology options can be especially useful for people with depression or suffering from distress, and when there are difficulties in physically meeting with tenants. This guide highlights the steps recommended for establishing your telehealth technology, connecting with residents and compliance with requirements such a HIPAA. More Details...

Health Center Workforce Deployment in COVID-19 Response Efforts (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Health centers are balancing the wellbeing and safety of their workforce with the need to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. While “essential” staff are needed on the frontline, “non-essential” staff are either sent home to wait out the pandemic, or are deployed to perform alternative services to support COVID-19 response efforts. This webinar, hosted on April 14, 2020, covers workforce strategies employed by health center leaders in response to the COVID-19 crisis. More Details...

COVID-19 in Rural America: Impact on Farms & Agricultural Workers (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This fact sheet is updated weekly with information on COVID-19 clusters among agricultural workers, and provides an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on farms and agricultural workers. More Details...

Coronavirus Safety Guide (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: As communities begin to reopen, it is crucial that we continue to practice safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our free English and Spanish bilingual safety guide booklet on the coronavirus covers information on how the virus is spread, how to wear, and properly dispose of a face covering, and tips to practice social distancing. More Details...

Organizing Showers & Hygiene Access for People Living Outside (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Even before the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic crisis, unsheltered homelessness was on the rise. Many meaningful reasons prevent some from utilizing shelters, especially in the current environment where sleeping outside may actually mitigate risk of COVID-19 transmission. Therefore, we must meet people where they are. Enter mobile showers: a crucial hygiene service for people living in encampments. This webinar outlined the nuts and bolts of developing and operating showers, in conjunction with other services, as part of a broader organizing effort by and for houseless people. More Details...

Flu Vaccine Guidance during COVID-19 for providers serving people without homes (2020). Resource Type: Infographic. Description: People experiencing homelessness are uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19 and the Flu and may face additional barriers to receiving vaccinations. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This infographic describes these key considerations. More Details...

Building the Plane While Flying It: Health Care for the Homeless, Telehealth and COVID-19, Part II (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This Coffee Chat is the second of our series highlighting representatives from three HCH health centers featured in the Council’s recent publication on telehealth. The conversation shared information on how to engage clients through telehealth to enhance the experience and how to develop low-literacy messaging. Presenters discussed how to engage clients with limited or no access to internet or broadband services and establishing “technology hubs” can address these challenges. More Details...

Examining the Impact of COVID on Community Health Centers, Part 1: "At the Core of Care" (Podcast) (2020). Resource Type: Podcast. Description: Kristine Gonnella, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, discusses how the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium is working with partners nationally to make public health preparedness resources more readily accessible to community health centers. More Details...

Building the Plane While Flying It: Health Care for the Homeless, Telehealth, and COVID-19 (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This archived webinar highlighted Health Care for the Homeless leaders who described their distinct experiences in adopting telehealth in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lessons learned promise to be helpful to other health centers that serve people without homes. More Details...

Building the Plane While Flying It: Case Studies on COVID-19, Telehealth, and Health Care for the Homeless Centers (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: As is the case for most health centers, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Health Care for the Homeless health centers to rapidly adopt telehealth strategies to sustain client services remotely. But serving patients without homes necessitates additional innovation to reach clients in shelters, quarantine facilities, or even on the street, while attending to complex health and social needs. These case studies profile 17 HCH health centers and 2 consumers, offering a range of pragmatic, insightful perspectives on HCH telehealth in the COVID world. More Details...

Advance Care Planning During COVID-19 (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This town hall conversation explores the legal, policy, operational, and capacity issues related to advance care planning. More Details...

Operating a MLP During COVID-19, A Town Hall (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This town hall conversation explored strategies for coordinating health and legal efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. More Details...

Testing for COVID-19 in Homeless Shelters & Encampments: Discussing CDC’s New Health Department Guidance & NHCHC’s Newest Issue Brief (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: As capacity for COVID-19 testing grows in most communities, high-risk settings such as homeless shelters and encampments are increasingly being prioritized for universal testing events. New CDC guidance for health departments outlines factors that local and state agencies can use to further inform specific policies being developed for these venues. A new National HCH Council issue brief provides lessons learned and testing strategies that HCHs in five cities have found to work successfully when conducting universal testing. This webinar summarized these new resources and hosted active discussion. More Details...

Secondary Traumatic Stress Identification, Mitigation and Improving Work Satisfaction for Health Center Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Webinar hosted by NCHPH. Recording slides and handouts available. More Details...

Building Resilience in the Midst of a Pandemic: What Health Care Workers and Leaders Can Do During the COVID-19 Pandemic (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: A lot of energy has been devoted to the critical need for PPE, the lack of respirators, tests, and the pressure on health centers to help “flatten the curve.” This crisis has left little time to address the impact of workplace and personal stressors on providers and other staff as they try to balance the fear of contracting the virus while carrying a heavy, complex workload. This webinar provided tips and recommendations for leadership, health center staff working at clinical sites on how to create a healthy environment and cope with anxiety, depression and other behavioral disorders caused by COVID-19. More Details...

The HCH Community & COVID-19: Strategies for Proactive Universal Testing (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This issue brief complements the most recent CDC guidance on testing among populations experiencing homelessness and provides public health authorities, emergency response systems, HCH health centers, and other community providers with feedback about these experiences. It also offers lessons learned and strategies for conducting successful universal testing events among homeless populations. More Details...

PCA Enabling Services Virtual Summit Podcast Series (2020). Resource Type: Other. Description: The first-ever PCA Enabling Services Virtual Summit and podcast series is co-organized and hosted by the Health Center Association of Nebraska (HCAN) in partnership with Health Outreach Partners (HOP). The seven podcast episodes cover a variety of Enabling Services topics, with a focus towards Primary Care Associations. More Details...

Informational Guide for Public Housing Residents During COVID-19 – Know the Basics of Seeking Care: Know the Basics of Seeking Care (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This infographic provides general information on how public housing residents can seek care for COVID-19, testing services provided by health centers near public housing agencies and how the Public Charge rule does not apply for these services. More Details...

MSAW/Housing Playbook and Risk Mitigation: Samples from Family Health La Clinica, Wisconsin (2020). Resource Type: Template. Description: Three documents from Family Health La Clinica, shared by the Wisconsin PCA. Resources include a Playbook, Risk Mitigation Strategy, and Housing & Workplace Best Practices. More Details...

Informational Guide for Public Housing Residents — COVID-19: Know the Basics (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This infographic provides general information on COVID-19. More Details...

PrEP at Home (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: In this webinar, Dr. Ken Mayer and Julian Dormitzer, NP, address telePrEP and the PrEP at home model for LGBTQIA+ patients. The webinar covers the basics of starting and monitoring PrEP with an at-home start, and also address specific needs and concerns for sexual and gender minority people around PrEP and telePrEP. There is also a focus on PrEP at home in the time of COVID-19. More Details...

Tip Sheet: 3 Ways to Help Patients with Evictions and Foreclosures during the COVID-19 Pandemic (2020). Resource Type: Other. Description: This is a tip sheet that outlines 3 ways health care providers and staff can work with legal aid attorneys to help patients facing possible evictions and foreclosures while also working to strengthen long-term housing protections. More Details...

Homelessness & COVID-19 Webinar Archives (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: In the peak of the emergency response to COVID-19 cases among people experiencing homelessness, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council held semiweekly webinars/forums on the most pressing issues facing health centers in April and May. View all recordings of this series now. More Details...

TRACIE Report on COVID-19 Challenges to Rural Health (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: The Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) is a site created by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. In this report, TRACIE explains and provides data for pandemic challenges specific to rural populations and health care facilities. More Details...

Healing Hands: Harm Reduction (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This edition of Healing Hands from the Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians' Network explores how harm reduction principles apply to various clinical settings and explains why the philosophy is so critically important. More Details...

Data Dashboard – COVID-19: Health Care for the Homeless Comparative Data (2020). Resource Type: Other. Description: This new COVID-19 Data Dashboard features comparative data on testing results, testing capacity, clinic closures, telehealth visits, and virus disparity by race and ethnicity from health centers, health centers with only 330(h) funding, and all health centers with 330(h) funding. More national health center data is available on HRSA's website. New health center COVID-19 data is collected weekly, and we will continue to update these figures as new data emerges. More Details...

Care Coordination: Planning for COVID-19 Hospitalizations: Strategies for partners pre- and post - COVID 19 Hospitalizations (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This document summarizes care team roles and key recommendations specific to supportive housing residents whose CIVID-19 symptoms are severe enough to require hospitalization. More Details...

Navigating Emergency Food Resources in Times of Crisis & Beyond: Three Step Approach to Understanding food resources in your community (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This brief is intended to help supportive and affordable housing and health and human service partners understand and more effectively assess resident and client access to emergency food. This navigation is especially important during unforeseen disruptions to local economies such as natural disasters, public health emergencies, or civic unrest. More Details...

Enhancing Social Connectedness in times of Physical Distance: Highlight promising practices for keeping connected with clients (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: The current need for physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 means that many people may become more isolated. Here are suggestions for how to encourage social connectedness while practicing physical distancing and following critically important CDC guidance regarding how to not spread the virus. More Details...

Care Coordination: Planning for COVID-19 Hospitalizations: Strategies for partners pre- and post - COVID 19 Hospitalizations (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This document summarizes care team roles and key recommendations for COVID-19 protocols specific to supportive housing residents whose symptoms are severe enough to require hospitalization. More Details...

Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] is Only One Part of the Equation (2020). Resource Type: Other. Description: This blog post details why personal protective equipment is only one part of a larger protection strategy. More Details...

Equitable Housing Policy Central to Addressing COVID-19 Pandemic (2020). Resource Type: Other. Description: This blog post outline what policymakers and healthcare providers can do - both now and in the future - to respond to the needs of those at greatest risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. More Details...

Migrant Health Centers & COVID-19 Infographic (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: NCFH's infographic describing the results of the most recently available survey data for Migrant Health Centers conducted by HRSA, updated weekly. More Details...

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Information and Resources (2020). Resource Type: Toolkit. Description: We at Migrant Clinicians Network have a dual priority to support clinicians and the vulnerable patients that they serve. MCN is presently developing strategies and gathering resources to support clinicians as they reach out to communities that are often overlooked and give care to patients who might otherwise have nowhere to go. We remain highly concerned for the vulnerable populations that already encounter numerous barriers to health and to care. More Details...

Medical Respite Care & Alternate Care Sites (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This issue brief is intended to provide health centers, public health authorities, emergency response systems, and Alternate Care Site program administrators with an operational framework that will improve the quality of care at ACS programs and promote longer-term stability for vulnerable people. Ideally, communities can retain this increased capacity for medical respite care after the pandemic subsides given the high level of need for these programs prior to COVID-19. More Details...

Community Information Exchange: Using Data to Coordinate Care for People Experiencing Homelessness: Addressing COVID-19 and Beyond (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: As health centers continue to build innovative models to serve people experiencing homelessness, partnerships to address the social determinants of health become more crucial. A major challenge organizations face in building and sustaining these partnerships is communication and sharing relevant information to ensure coordinated care. Community Information Exchanges (CIE) build on the work the health care system has done to set up Health Information Exchanges and takes the next step towards integrating data with other service organizations. This publication highlights what CIEs are, how they can be used, and how this could be beneficial during health care crises like COVID-19. More Details...

El papel de las VdS en la protección de los trabajadores vulnerables y sus familias: Trabajando en los tiempo de COVID-19 (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Durante este seminario virtual de 90 min MCN tratará de responder a preguntas urgentes de las Ventanillas de Salud sobre COVID-19 y discutiremos estrategias y recursos para proteger la vida de los trabajadores y sus familias. More Details...

WEBINAR | Work in the time of COVID-19: Protecting Vulnerable Workers and Their Families (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: In this national webinar, presented by Amy K. Liebman, MPA, MA, and Ed Zuroweste, MD, we respond to many of your questions about COVID-19 and discuss strategies and resources to help workers best protect themselves and their families. More Details...

Trabajadores Agrícolas y el COVID-19: Preguntas frecuentes (2020). Resource Type: Other. Description: This MCN blog post serves to provide answers to many of the frequently asked questions we have received concerning Farmworker Health and COVID-19. More Details...

Poblaciones Vulnerables y el COVID-19: Estrategias para apoyar a las comunidades en Puerto Rico (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Únase a MCN para este seminario web, donde responderemos a sus preguntas sobre COVID-19 y discutiremos estrategias y recursos para ayudar a las comunidades en Puerto Rico a protegerse mejor. More Details...

Outreach Strategies during a Pandemic for Ag Workers: COVID-19 Webinar Series (Part 1): Outreach Strategies (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The focus of this webinar was on Outreach strategies targeting Agricultural workers. Health Center (HC) staff that attended the webinar provided information about how they have conducted outreach to Agricultural workers in the past and shared how the current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their service delivery now. The webinar includes responses shared by health center staff highlighting the challenges amidst this crisis and includes changes that have been implemented in an effort to be responsive to their patient populations. More Details...

Farmworkers and COVID-19: FAQ (2020). Resource Type: Other. Description: This MCN blog post serves to provide answers to many of the frequently asked questions we have received concerning Farmworker Health and COVID-19. More Details...

Developing Relationships with Agricultural Producers: COVID-19 Webinar Series (Part 2): Developing Relationships in Agricultural Industry to Enhance Education, Communication, and Increase Access to Care (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This webinar provides information about the current state of COVID-19 epidemiology in rural areas and on U.S. farms, and provides listeners with information about how to obtain contact & location information of agricultural producers, as well as tips for building effective collaborations with producers in the interest of providing agricultural workers with access to health care. Guest speakers include Dr. David Douphrate and Dr. Anabel Rodriguez of the University of Texas Health Science Center, who have extensive experience in conducting health-related research projects and employee health and safety training in partnership with agricultural producers. More Details...

Reducing Harm for People Using Drugs & Alcohol During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Guide for Alternative Care Sites (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: People experiencing homelessness cannot recover or protect themselves from COVID-19 at home. Therefore, Alternative Care Sites are being developed to accommodate such clients. This issue brief is intended to provide managers of alternative care sites, including health centers, with a framework for serving individuals with SUD in isolation and quarantine, and reducing possible harmful consequences. More Details...

Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This FAQ resource highlights information about the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, including eligibility, logistics, and details about one-time $1,200 payments to individuals to support financial stability during the COVID-19 pandemic. More Details...

Homelessness Town Hall — COVID-19: Four-Part Series on Priority Topics (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: People experiencing homelessness are especially susceptible to COVID-19, and the Council is working to keep the Health Care for the Homeless community up to date with the latest information from the field and a continuously updated resources page. The COVID-19 Town Hall series consists of weekly one-hour sessions with presenters from the HCH front lines bringing health care providers and homeless advocates a chance to hear best practices, ask questions, and engage in discussions on this fast-moving pandemic. More Details...

Community Health Workers and COVID-19 (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. It has been impacting countries around the world, including the United States. Most people infected will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment, however, older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. This resource covers how Community Health Workers are uniquely equipped to help the community cope with challenges faced due to COVID-19. More Details...

Why Homeless Populations Are a High-Risk Group — COVID-19 (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This shareable infographic explains why people experiencing homelessness are especially vulnerable to to the coronavirus pandemic. More Details...

Toolkit on Response to Racism and Xenophobia — COVID-19 (2020). Resource Type: Toolkit. Description: The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), in collaboration with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, developed a COVID-19 Response Toolkit to address incidents of xenophobia, racism, and hate in the Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) community. More Details...

Things to Do During the COVID-19 Crisis if You Have Diabetes (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This fact sheet synthesizes the distinct advice people with diabetes who experience homelessness need to know about the COVID-19 pandemic. More Details...

Telehealth Policy during Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: The HITEQ Center is adding additional telehealth information, including policy and regulatory developments, relevant to coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic as it impacts health centers as it becomes available. More Details...

Information for Homeless Shelters and Homeless Service Providers Community — COVID-19: Needed Policy Responses for a High-Risk Group (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: As the COVID-19 virus pandemic continues to grow throughout the world and in the United States, state and local public response systems are implementing a number of public health strategies to prevent further exposures and slow the spread of the virus. Infections among people experiencing homelessness will present specific challenges for those individuals, local response structures, and for Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) programs and other homeless service providers. More Details...

Information for Homeless Shelters and Homeless Service Providers Community — COVID-19 (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This infographic is meant for clients experiencing homelessness and the people who serve them to learn more about COVID-19 and measures to prevent its spread. More Details...

What Supportive Housing Providers Need to Know about CoronaVirus Disease 2019: Promising Practices highlighted in March 2020 COVID-19 Guidance for working with populations facing homelessness and other vulnerabilities is still relevant 6 and 12 months later. (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: The vulnerable populations we serve are most likely to be impacted by COVID-19 based on their histories of homelessness and barriers to care when managing multiple health conditions. CSH has pulled together information from a variety of sources, from the vantage point of supportive housing providers, to help your agency best support your residents, your staff and your community. More Details...

What Older Adults Need to Know — COVID-19 (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: The CDC has identified older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. According to the CDC, early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. More Details...

Stigma and Resilience: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), are stressful times for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma (1) toward people, places, or things. For example, stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate a disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease. Stigma can also occur after a person has been released from COVID-19 quarantine even though they are not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others. More Details...

Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoCs (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) into communities across the United States. Housing providers, including organizations that run continuums of care and shelters, as well as the general public, can play an important role in this effort. You have access to many resources on the HUD page, including the Community Planning Development’s Toolkit for Homeless Shelters and Continuum of Care Providers. More Details...

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