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June 28, 2018 | Volume 22, No. 5 | Archives
Founding Health Center Principles: Voter Registration and Advocacy!
The health center movement—created during the struggle for civil rights—was founded on principles of democracy and civic engagement for underserved populations. This mission includes voter registration and advocacy to achieve health care justice. Engage with policymakers in the opioid debate, register clients to vote, and advocate for needed changes!
Council Updates
Opioid Policy Priorities Endorsed by 50+ Organizations
Regina Reed, Policy Organizer, and Bobby Watts, CEO, meet with Lawmakers on Capitol Hill in to talk about Opioid Policy Priorities.
The Council's Regina Reed, Policy Organizer, and Bobby Watts, CEO, meet with Lawmakers on Capitol Hill to talk about Opioid Policy Priorities.
The Council is sharing with Congress members our policy priorities endorsed by over 50 local and national organizations. The Council will continue to advocate for provisions important to the Health Care for the Homeless community to be included in any final bill package. Thanks to all the organizations that signed our letter. Continue to take action on this issue by planning a local event and sharing patient and provider stories with policymakers and media outlets.
Plan Local Events and Submit Stories
Voter Registration for People Experiencing Homelessness
Joseph “Cowboy” Benson, a featured speaker on our upcoming webinar. Over the course of his career, Joseph has led initiatives that have registered over 2000 people to vote, collectively. Joseph is a Former Chair of the National Consumer Advisory Board, Current Board Member at the National HCH Council, and Community Health Worker at Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston.
Joseph “Cowboy” Benson is a featured speaker on our upcoming webinar. Over the course of his career, Joseph has led initiatives that have registered over 2000 people to vote, collectively. Joseph is a Former Chair of the National Consumer Advisory Board, Current Board Member at the National HCH Council, and Community Health Worker at Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston.
We must continue to fight for the rights of individuals to vote and dictate the outcome of their own lives. With Election Day a few months away, now is the time to make voter registration a part of your practice (yes, it’s completely legal!). Sign up for our upcoming webinar to learn more from experts in the field on how, where, and what you can be doing to register people without homes to vote.
Register for the Webinar
The Summer Solstice: A Time to Celebrate and Advocate!
The San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing held their first Summer Solstice this year. The festivities included an enlivening drum circle, pictured above.
The San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing held their first Summer Solstice event this year. The festivities included an enlivening drum circle.
On June 21st we celebrated the Summer Solstice, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. On this day we celebrate those who have overcome homelessness and recognize a crucial truth: with affordable housing, adequate incomes, comprehensive health care, and appropriate supportive services, we can end homelessness not only for individuals, but also as a society. See how other cities celebrated.
Read Our Summer Solstice Advocacy Recommendations
Policy News to Know
Congress Pushes New Opioid LegislationThe House of Representatives voted to send a package of over 50 bills addressing the opioid epidemic to the Senate for consideration (read about what is and isn’t in the final package). The Senate has released multiple active opioid bills themselves, although it is unclear when Senate leadership will bring the bills to the floor.
Family Planning Care for Millions is Threatened: The Trump Administration released a Proposed Rule to alter the federal requirements around the Title X program, the only federal program for family planning that provides care for four million underserved patients each year. The Rule could inhibit access to care for millions of patients. The Council will be commenting on the proposed rule and calls for the administration to withdraw the rule entirely. Comments are due July 28th. Read about what's at stake for Health Centers.
Food Stamp Bill Moves Forward: The Senate votes on a bill to fund the SNAP/ Food Stamp program for the next 5 years. Learn more about this bill and how to take action against proposed dangerous amendments and revisions from our partners at FRAC. 
Immigration Debate Takes Center StageThe forced separation of children and families at the border and current immigration practice are top-line issues in Washington and for human rights activists across the country. Read the human rights argument against proposed bills, more on how these practices incite trauma and mental health conditions, and find local demonstrations on June 30th.
A Federal Plan to Reorganize Benefit Programs: The Trump Administration released a plan (that would require an unlikely vote of approval from Congress) to consolidate all social benefit programs under one agency, making it easier to reduce funding for crucial programs that support vulnerable people. This would have significant implications for low-income populations and those that serve them. Learn more.
The U.N’s Report on Poverty is Dismissed by U.S. Ambassador: The UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights published a report on poverty in the U.S. The report highlights how in the U.S. “immense wealth and expertise stand in shocking contrast with the conditions in which vast numbers of its citizens live.” The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, responded to this report, dismissing the estimate of 18.5 million people in extreme poverty and referring to the report as politically motivated. Read more.
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Regina Reed, MPH
National Health Policy Organizer
National HCH Council
Baltimore, MD
rreed@nhchc.org
(443) 703-1337 
PO Box 60427 | Nashville, TN 37206 US
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