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Using HRSA Health Center Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to Improve Systems of Care for People Experiencing Homelessness (2021). 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). 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...

Module 1: Cultural and Self-Humility with Nationalities Services Center - Populations at Risk for HepB (2021). 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...

Community Health Workers and Peer Specialists: Key Roles in Addressing Diabetes Control Before and During COVID-19 Health Pandemic (2021). 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...

Health Policy Bulletin Winter 2021: Policies in Action to Promote Emergency Preparedness (2021). Farmworker Justice's Health Policy Bulletin is a summary of policy, program, and research developments that affect farmworker health and access to health care. This issue focuses on emergency preparedness in agricultural worker communities. More Details...

Partnering for the COVID Vaccine: Lessons from the Flu-LEAD Project (2021). 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...

Strengthening Partnerships for Better Health Outcomes During COVID-19 (2021). 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...

Understanding Social Determinants of Health: Back to the Basics on the factors that impact health outcomes (2020). This webinar highlights its not just the care received in the clinic. In reality the health outcomes are impacted by services throughout the community. Community partnerships are essential to leverage the resources to meet needs. More Details...

Physical Activity & Diabetes Prevention in the COVID-19 Landscape (2020). 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...

Data Integration Best Practices for Health Centers & Homeless Services Publication: Health Center Focus Group Recommendations on Data Integration (2020). Health centers use data and technology to improve health outcomes of patients, speed administrative processes, and collect patients’ health and housing histories. This report advances strategies for large and small health centers to match data with homeless service systems to identify and coordinate care for high utilizers of crisis care systems. More Details...

Breaking the Cycle of Integenerational Diabetes Webinar: Webinar highlights strategies to address diabetes impacting multi-generational families (2021). This webinar highlights health center programs that reach into underserved communities to address diabetes care across generations More Details...

A Call for Reinforcements in Diabetes Care: Maximizing the Role of Non-Clinical Staff and Partners Publication: Issue brief and case studies highlightin promising practices for non-clinical staff with links to the community (2020). Successful diabetes care for vulnerable populations demands a multi-prong approach and support from a range of community resources to address SDOH. This report outlines promising practices utilizing interdisciplinary teams and community resources can support consumers’ self-management and in-turn More Details...

Preparing Your Community for the Flu: Partnering with Health Providers to Prevent a Twindemic: Webinar (2020). During this webinar, the Healthcare Resilience Working Group discussed the initiatives that are currently taking place at a national level to prepare health center communities for flu season 2020 and how partnerships with public housing agencies and health care providers to prevent a twindemic between flu and COVID-19 among vulnerable populations is important during these unprecedented times. In this session, various health promotion resources were shared as well other resources for patients to use to successfully locate a flu vaccine provider. More Details...

Considerations for Serving Residents of Public Housing During Emergencies and Disasters: Staff and Patient Wellness (2020). Join the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium and the National Center for Health in Public Housing for a one-hour webinar on staff and patient wellness during emergencies and disasters. This webinar will provide health center with guidance for developing tools and resources that enable health center staff and the patients they serve to navigate the practical and psychological after-effects of disaster events. More Details...

The HCH Community & COVID-19: Vaccines for Patients and Staff (2020). As COVID-19 vaccines become available, questions abound on how to immunize patients and staff of health centers that serve people experiencing homelessness. This issue brief outlines unique considerations for this vulnerable population. 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). 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...

Telehealth for Supportive Housing Providers - CSH Three Part Telehealth Series: Guidance for Providers looking to adapt and are considering Billing for themselves (2020). In the COVID19 environment 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. More Details...

Telehealth Basics for Supportive Housing Providers and their Health Center Partners - CSH Three Part Telehealth Series: Guidance for Providers Looking to Support Residents Getting Connected to Telehealth (2020). The public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic has required the health care sector including Community Health Centers and supportive housing providers to work in new ways to support their service participants (i.e. health center patients who are also supportive housing tenants). This brief considers the basics regarding telehealth for collaborations between health centers and the supportive housing field to consider as they adapt to provide services in a manner that protects both the client and staff. 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). 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...

Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Innovative Programs Serving People Experiencing Homelessness: Health center case studies for the Opioid Crisis. (2020). Health centers are increasingly seeing individuals who are suffering from Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and other Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), and many of these individuals are also faced with housing instability or are experiencing homelessness. Innovation is being driven at the ground level by providers including health centers, public health departments, harm reduction agencies and supportive housing agencies that are all concerned with the impact of OUD and other SUDs on the health of the people they serve. Essential in any innovative care model are the services needed to ensure people experiencing homelessness have access to evidence-based care, including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). More Details...

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