Learn about a new program in Fargo and upcoming Pre-Conference Institute.
Learn about a new program in Fargo and upcoming Pre-Conference Institute.
February • 3 • 2016
A Newsletter for Members of the Respite Care Providers’ Network
Nurse Amy Strand consults with Tony Mora, a patient at the New Life Center in Fargo, ND.
Sanford Faith Community Nurse Amy Strand works with patients such as Tony Mora, right, at the New Life Center in Fargo, ND (Photo courtesy of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead).
New Medical Respite Program in Fargo, ND
A new 3-bed medical respite pilot program recently launched in Fargo, North Dakota. The initiative gained momentum after then-doctoral nursing student Alicia Hauff shared findings from a health needs assessment identifying a need for medical respite in Fargo. After finishing her doctorate, Hauff brought together local agencies to facilitate a coordinated community response. Lois Ustanko, Program Director of the Faith Community Nursing Program at Sanford Health, describes the initiative as a “patchwork quilt” of services delivered by several agencies aiming to close the health care gap. Some of the major partners involved are the New Life Center, Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and Sanford Health Foundation--which currently serves as the program’s primary funder. While the program has been in operation for only three months, Ustanko says staff are already considering ways to add more beds and hope to include end-of-life care as the program grows. Learn more about Fargo’s new program.
Medical Respite Program in the UK Wins National Award
Bradford Respite and Integrated Care and Support Service (BRICSS) recently won the National Federation’s Community Impact Week award in the category of Health and Wellbeing. BRICSS provides temporary housing for people without homes discharged from hospitals. The program, run in partnership with Bevan Healthcare CIC and Horton Housing, is the first of its kind and is being adopted as a pilot program in other areas of the country. The chief executive of Horton Housing, Paul Gartland, states, “BRICSS has transformed hundreds of people's lives in the Bradford district since its launch two years ago. It is a truly innovative way of delivering immediate care to some of the most vulnerable members of society.” Read about the award or learn more about BRICSS.
RCPN Steering Committee: Call for Nominations by February 26, 2016
We invite you to nominate yourself, a colleague, or a program participant to join the RCPN Steering Committee. The committee meets monthly and helps guide the work of the National HCH Council as it relates to medical respite care. Two Steering Committee positions are open. Nominations are due by Friday, February 26, 2016. Learn more.
2016 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium
Register Now for the 2016 Medical Respite Pre-Conference Institute!
Please join us on May 31, 2016, in Portland, Oregon, for the 2016 Medical Respite Pre-Conference Institute! As the preeminent national voice on medical respite care, the Respite Care Providers’ Network (RCPN) Steering Committee has organized a full-day Institute to examine current and emerging issues in the field. Facilitated by diverse speakers, this Institute will highlight topics such as relationship development with funders, effective models of care coordination and care transition, and responses to addiction and overdose. Also featured will be an in-depth discussion on how we as a community understand and promote medical respite care, as well as panel presentations and interactive discussions allowing participants to share information and network with providers from across the country. Registration for the Institute and the full 2016 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium is now open.
Medical Respite Award for Excellence: Submit Nominations by February 26th, 2016
Help us recognize outstanding achievements in medical respite care that improve the lives and health of people without homes: nominate a person, team, or agency that has made a profound impact in your community through providing or promoting such care for the Medical Respite Award for Excellence. The awardee (or one representative from an awardee team or organization) will receive an all-inclusive package to attend the 2016 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium. The package will include a waived conference fee, three nights at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, and reimbursement for travel expenses. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 26, 2016. Learn more.
Coming Soon: 2016 Medical Respite Program Directory
The Council is gearing up to release the 2016 Directory of Medical Respite Programs. Council staff will contact all programs currently listed in the Directory regarding program updates. Alternatively, program contacts can update their existing program profile or submit a new profile (if not already listed) directly: Update or submit a program profile.
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