Save the date for HCH2019, Symposium materials available, and more.
Save the date for HCH2019, Symposium materials available, and more.
November • 13 • 2018
A Newsletter for Members of the Respite Care Providers’ Network
Save the Date: 2019 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium
Please save the date for our 2019 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium from May 22-25, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The National HCH Conference is a singular annual gathering of providers, consumers, administrators, advocates, and policymakers working at the intersection of health care and homelessness. We hope you’ll join us as we examine what it means to be “Working Together for Justice.” If you have any questions or comments, please contact our Training Coordinator Cecilia Teichert.
Archived Medical Respite Training Symposium Materials Now Available
Thanks to the over 160 individuals who attended the National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s 2018 Medical Respite Training Symposium in Phoenix! If you missed a session or were not able to attend, now is your chance to view archived presentation slides. Visit our Archived Materials page to access presenters’ slides on the Symposium’s Planning/Start-up, Advanced Operations, and Clinical tracks. Topics include how to start a medical respite program, funding approaches, demonstrating program value, housing issues, self-care, and more! View archived materials.
National Health Foundation Opens 62-Bed Recuperative Care Program in Los Angeles
Earlier this month, the National Health Foundation (NHF) opened a new 13,000-square-foot recuperative care program with 62 beds. The new facility is housed in a century-old sanitorium that underwent a $1 million makeover. The funds for the building reconstruction came from the voter-approved Measure H, the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative. The new facility includes semi-private rooms, family-style dining, and a community garden for residents and neighbors. Learn more about NHF’s new program. 
Reminder: Make Sure Your Medical Respite Program is Reflected in Our National Directory!
The National HCH Council updated the Medical Respite Program Directory earlier this year to include advanced search options making it possible to identify programs by bed number, staffing, facility type, and funding. However, we were unable to get in contact with a few programs that had profiles in our previous directory. If your program is not reflected in the new directory, please complete a program profile form. If you have any questions please contact Julia Dobbins. Access the online Medical Respite Program Directory.
Washington Homeless Shelter Opens Medical Respite Pilot Program
A 3-bed medical respite program began operations this summer in Bremerton, WA. Housed in the Benedict House shelter, the program is a partnership between Catholic Community Services, CHI Franciscan Health, and Peninsula Community Health Services. Patients referred from Harrison Medical Center will spend 30 days at the medical respite program where they will receive 24-hour lodging and support. Since opening their doors three months ago, they have had eight individuals complete the program. They hope to add more medical respite beds around the county in the coming months. Learn more about the Benedict House.
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