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Foundations of LGBTQIA+ Health Care and Homelessness: Terminology, Concepts, and Best Practices (2022). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: View this 90-minute webinar for an introduction to foundational terminology and concepts related to LGBTQIA+ identity and experience of homelessness with a focus on LGBTQIA+ health care. Health center staff will learn about healthcare disparities and applicable clinical practices that participants can integrate into their own contexts. More Details...

Building Sustainable Partnerships using the Community Centered Health Home Model (2022). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: View this webinar to learn how one community identified a health need and used the CCHH model to respond. More Details...

The State of Medical Respite Care (2022). Resource Type: Other. Description: Medical respite care (MRC), also known as recuperative care, is acute and post-acute care for people experiencing homelessness (PEH) who are too ill or frail to recover from an illness or injury on the street or in a shelter, but who do not require hospital-level care. The field of MRC continues to grow as more communities recognize the importance of addressing this gap in care for PEH who need a place to heal. The data in this interactive webpage provide a snapshot of the state of MRC programs in 2022. This resource is intended to support MRC advocacy, education, program planning, and quality improvement in communities across the U.S. More Details...

Barriers to Accessing Higher Levels of Care: Implications for Medical Respite Programs (2022). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This issue brief describes the different levels of care within the health care service continuum a person may need following acute care hospitalization and highlights the admission barriers commonly encountered by people experiencing homelessness. It also illustrates the role of medical respite care programs within this continuum, and outlines action steps that communities can take to improve access to higher levels of care for people experiencing homelessness. More Details...

Promoting Safety in Street Outreach (2022). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This webinar recording describes core competencies for maintaining safety in street outreach. More Details...

From Homelessness to Housing: Challenges and Opportunities of Housing Transitions: Healing Hands Newsletter (2022). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This issue of Healing Hands, published by the Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians\' Network, presents some of the key challenges faced by newly housed individuals and their care providers, and considers a variety of principles, concepts, and approaches that can be useful in mitigating and transforming these challenges, in support of the best possible outcomes for a client’s health and well-being. More Details...

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder for People Experiencing Homelessness (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This fact sheet presents an analysis of national health center data on buprenorphine-based Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) services provided at Health Care for the Homeless health centers in calendar year 2020, underscoring that while more health centers are providing MAT, regions with the highest overdose rates lack sufficient access to buprenorphine. 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...

Housing Insecurity and Health Centers: The Case for Screening and Beyond (2021). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Housing insecurity was on the rise across the country even before the pandemic, which destabilized so many lives. If health centers are serious about the Social Determinants of Health, they should prioritize housing as a profoundly influential SDOH, regardless of HCH designation. This webinar featured two leaders whose health centers do NOT have HCH funding but provide quality services for people experiencing homelessness all the same. We discussed data on homelessness across the country, what UDS shows on screening for housing insecurity among non-HCH health centers, strategies for screening inclusively, and the breadth of the HRSA definition of homelessness. We concluded by highlighting a new HRSA-funded publication that goes deeper on all of these issues. More Details...

Interim Adapted Clinical Guidelines for Post-COVID Conditions (Long-COVID) (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: The CDC recently released interim guidance for supporting individuals with Post-COVID conditions, also known as “Long-COVID.” The purpose of this guide is to adapt the CDC clinical guidance for health care providers to meet the unique needs and challenges that people experiencing homelessness may face while managing Long-COVID. More Details...

Filling the HCH Gap: Case Studies of Non-HCH Health Centers Serving People Experiencing Homelessness (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This publication highlights five health centers that do not have Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) designation but provide excellent services to people experiencing homelessness regardless. More Details...

Interim Lessons Learn from the Pandemic: COVID-19 & the HCH Community (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: COVID-19 continues to be an international pandemic and the experiences over the past 18 months have shown there are more effective ways to provide care to vulnerable people. The challenge now is to extend these improvements to all communities and make them permanent. While the pandemic is not yet over, this issue brief outlines five “lessons learned” (and related strategies) that have improved systems of care and heightened public health interventions for people experiencing homelessness. More Details...

COVID-19 Flash Blast: The Latest COVID-19 News (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: Council COVID-19 Flash Blast is a brief synopsis of key issues specific to the HCH community, policy developments, resources, and reading lists on the topic of COVID-19, and will be delivered every two weeks. This webpage archives editions of the Flast Blast so the last information is always listed at the top. More Details...

Medical Respite Standards (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: Medical Respite Care is acute and post-acute recuperative care for people experiencing homelessness who are ready for hospital discharge but too frail to recover on the streets or in shelters. This resource constitutes the first and only national standards for medical respite care. They are meant to improve quality and consistency across a range of medical respite programs and to improve opportunities for research and federal funding. More Details...

Where Does Homelessness Happen?: Understanding the Definitions of Homelessness (2021). Resource Type: Other. Description: This infographic succinctly depicts the various shelter arrangements that constitute the breadth of homelessness, distinguishing major differences between federal definitions, with considerations for screening. More Details...

Health Care for the Homeless Health Center During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Fact Sheet (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This factsheet follows data submitted by health centers that have been tracking their testing, positivity, and vaccination rates. For research and advocacy concerns, this factsheet highlights affected demographics by COVID-19 by denoting rates of transmission during April 2020-March 2021. More Details...

Clinical Issues for Medical Respite/Recuperative Care Programs: Webinar Series (2021). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Medical respite/recuperative care refers to programs that provide acute and post-acute care to people expeiencing homelessness who are too ill or frail to recover on the streets or in shelters but are ready for hospital discharge. This archived webinar series addresses three piority topics in the medical respite setting: addressing activities of daily living (ADL); addressing chronic conditions; and managing incontinence. Each webinar is accompanied by a clinical guidelines publication. More Details...

Lessons Learned in Data Sharing & Care Coordination (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This publication summarizes the lessons learned from conversations with Health Care for the Homeless health center consumers and providers as health centers work to create coordinated care systems through data. More Details...

Approaches to Financing Medical Respite/Recuperative Care Programs (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: Also known as recuperative care, medical respite care is short-term care for individuals experiencing homelessness who are too frail to recover from illness or injury on the streets or in shelters but not sick enough to remain in the hospital. This white paper describes trends and opportunities for funding medical respite programs and services and offers methods to expand and scale programs through innovative financing mechanisms and increased flexibility in payment policy. The paper outlines various approaches to finance medical respite programs, offering providers, state and federal Medicaid leadership, policymakers, and managed care organizations (MCOs) specific partnership options to ensure continuity and quality of care for patients with long-term health and housing needs. More Details...

Evolution of the National Consumer Advisory Board: A Case Study in Consumer Leadership (2021). Resource Type: Publication. Description: Consumer involvement in governance is a unique feature of Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) programs and other federally supported Health Centers. The National Health Care for the Homeless Council acknowledged in its founding principles that “all people have the right to participate in the decisions affecting their lives,” and the development and growth of the National Consumer Advisory Board (NCAB) helps us live up to that principle. This new NCAB History case study serves as a testament to the work of those who helped NCAB flourish, and shares lessons learned for other consumer-led groups. More Details...

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