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In this issue: #HCH2019 news, our FY18 annual report, new webinars, & more.
In this issue: #HCH2019 news, our FY18 annual report, new webinars, & more.
Council News
January 2019
2019 National HCH Conference & Policy Symposium
Join Us for #HCH2019: Working Together for Justice in Washington, D.C.
Registration is open for our 2019 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium! Join us at #HCH2019 as we convene, “Working Together for Justice” through four days of intensive trainings at the Grand Hyatt Washington in D.C. #HCH2019 is the premier conference for individuals working at the nexus of homelessness and health care, and it is your chance to network and learn in interactive, CME-accredited workshops on critical administrative, clinical, research, and policy topics, as well as full-day Pre-Conference Institutes and half-day Learning Labs. Exploring medical respite, policy issues, trauma-informed care, and much more, #HCH2019 will allow you to explore the future of homeless health care and real solutions to homelessness. Learn more and register.
Happy 2019: A Year for Justice: A Letter from Our CEO Bobby Watts
I’m looking forward to and excited about the year ahead. In 2019, the Council will build and expand upon the many accomplishments detailed in our new FY18 Annual Report. We will continue to support the HCH community’s delivery of high-quality, consumer-driven services by providing superb webinars, training, and technical assistance, as well as crucial research, policy work, learning collaboratives, and advocacy. Early in 2019, our Board will consider a new Strategic Plan… Read the full letter.
2017-18 Annual Report Showcases Council’s Ongoing Work to End Homelessness
The Council is pleased to release our 2017-18 Annual Report featuring our major accomplishments and selected highlights from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. In changing times, the NHCHC has remained resolutely on the front lines of ensuring high-quality health care for people without homes and addressing the systemic causes of homelessness. Read our report to learn about our recent work, including highlights such as our 2018 National HCH Conference and second Spring Virtual Training; Technical Assistance efforts; publications on research and best practices to improve the state of homeless health care; ongoing policy work; and continuing initiatives to highlight consumer voices.
#HCH2019 in Focus
Nominations Open for Council Awards and Steering Committees
We are seeking nominations for worthy consumers, respite providers, clinicians, and other leaders to be honored at our 2019 Conference, as well as for members to join the Steering Committees of our membership groups. If you know someone who would qualify for one of the four awards to be presented at #HCH2019—such as our Philip W. Brickner National Leadership Award—please submit a nomination. You can also nominate yourself or a colleague to become a Steering Committee member for the Council’s HCH Clinicians’ Network, National Consumer Advisory Board, or Respite Care Providers’ Network; terms begin July 1. Nominations are due Feb. 28.
#HCH2019 Consumer Subsidy Applications Are Open
Seeking to engage consumers in all of our work, the Council is offering a number of subsidies to help consumers attend our 2019 National HCH Conference. If you have previously or are now experiencing homelessness and have used services at an HCH program, please consider applying for a subsidy: these funds will help cover your registration, lodging, meals, and some travel expenses. At #HCH2019, consumers will learn, network, and build leadership skills to make their voices heard. Apply by Feb. 28 to secure your spot or share this opportunity with consumers you know! Please contact us with any questions.
Apply for our John N. Lozier Scholarship for New Members to Attend #HCH2019
If #HCH2019 will be your first National HCH Conference, we invite you to apply for our John N. Lozier Scholarship for New Members! Honoring our founding Executive Director, this scholarship will support one individual's attendance--including registration, lodging, and related costs up to $1,000! The scholarship is open to staff of our Organizational Members, and strong applicants will be early-to-mid-career professionals (of any age) with relatively little experience in HCH. If our eligibility requirements describe you, please apply! Applications are due by Feb. 28. Contact Rick Brown, Communications Manager, with any questions.
Opportunities & Webinars
Applications Open for Medical Respite Outcome Measures Learning Collaborative
The Council is pleased to announce a new learning collaborative to develop best practices in identifying outcome measures and data collection in medical care beginning in February 2019. We are now seeking medical respite/recuperative care programs interested in participating. Collaborative participants will meet via teleconference six times over the next year to develop guidelines for recommended data collection practices aimed at quality improvement. Apply by midnight PT on February 15, 2019, or contact Julia Dobbins, Project Manager, with any questions.
Webinar Examines How the Humanism Pocket Tool Can Improve Care for Challenging Patients
Every patient deserves compassionate, trauma-informed care, and it is particularly critical for clients experiencing homelessness. How can clinicians ensure that all patients are treated with humanity and respect? Learn how in our free webinar at 2 p.m. CT on Jan. 23 on the "Humanism Pocket Tool.” Emerging from lessons learned at a clinic for veterans without homes, this compact set of techniques and strategies—summarized on a pocket card—offers practical tips to improve your practice and interactions with patients and staff alike. Registration is open. 
Learn About Cultural Competency in Medical Education and Clinical Practice in Our Webinar
Join the National Center for Medical Education, Development and Research Communities of Practice and the Council from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CT on January 28 for a webinar on the importance of improving cultural competency in care for vulnerable populations. Honoring diversity and promoting effective interactions is critical to meeting the needs of patients across cultures. As part of this webinar, presenters will discuss how to address curriculum changes in medical education to influence patient care outcomes. Register now.
Enhance Your Services in the New Year with the Council’s Technical Assistance
The New Year conveys a sense of renewal and can be an impetus to recommit to the work of homeless health care. A principal function of our work at the National HCH Council is to advance the movement by supporting organizations who serve people experiencing homelessness. We can help you improve your programs and operations through training, expert advice, and peer-to-peer connections, utilizing the wealth of knowledge within our membership community and thirty years of resources. Contact us to start a conversation about how the Council can help you make progress in the work of HCH.
In the Field
New Mobilizer: Reflect on Our Past and Present Work for Justice
Warm your soul with a steaming cup of justice in our latest Mobilizer action alert. Featuring an inspirational letter from our Senior Director of Policy Barbara DiPietro, this issue reflects on our work in 2018—and what lies ahead in 2019. The issue also shares perspectives from HCH leaders on what keeps them motivated and offers critical policy updates on the federal budget agreement, criminal justice bill, Medicaid waivers, and more. Read the issue and sign up to receive new action alerts.
Trauma and Organizing In Focus in Latest Poverty Policy Podcast
The third episode of the Council’s Poverty Policy Podcast features an interview with renowned expert and author Matt Bennett on trauma, self-care, and healing communities. It also includes special guest Paula Lamazzo, Director of the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee, who provides words of wisdom and motivation for organizing in the year ahead! You can listen to our podcast on SoundCloud; it will also be available on standard podcast applications soon.
APHA Caucus on Homelessness Calls for Abstracts and Reviewers Still Open
There is still time to submit an abstract to the American Public Health Association for the APHA 2019 Annual Meeting & Expo. The Caucus on Homelessness looks forward to highlighting research in the HCH field through the lenses of Science, Action, and Health. Find suggested topics and details and submit by Feb. 20. We are also seeking abstract reviewers. If you are interested in reviewing, complete the Reviewer Submission Form by Jan. 31. Reviewer submissions should include your name, affiliation, email, and area(s) of expertise. Selected reviewers will receive instructions and links to the review site in late February. Contact Program Planner Brett Poe via email or call (615) 226-2292 with any questions.
U.S. Homelessness Has Increased for the Second Consecutive Year
At this point in 2018, the Council lamented how the national estimate of homelessness increased for the first time in seven years. The new Annual Homelessness Assessment Report (calculated through the highly problematic point-in-time count) shows total homelessness has risen again by about 0.3 percent. Certain subpopulations continue to decline, such as families experiencing homelessness. However, we are concerned that these successes obscure the reality that homelessness—an avoidable national tragedy—continues to not only persist but increase. As we celebrate small victories, we must continually grapple with the despair of homelessness itself and more loudly insist on known solutions to end it.
New Report Highlights Hate Crimes Against People Without Homes
Our partners at the National Coalition for the Homeless have released a new annual report, “Vulnerable to Hate: A Survey of Bias-Motivated Violence Against People Experiencing Homelessness in 2016-17,” outlining recent lethal and non-lethal attacks committed on people without homes. Providing an in-depth, state-by-state breakdown of such crimes, the report discusses the structural violence that perpetuates poverty and the legislative solutions necessary to better protect homeless populations. The acts of violence highlighted in this report—likely merely a fraction of the total attacks suffered by our neighbors without homes—makes the gravity of America’s preventable tragedy of homelessness clear.
Media & Careers
Medical Respite in Media Spotlight
Recent news coverage highlighted the Council and its members’ efforts to expand medical respite care. Rewire.News’s “Good Practice: Medical Respite Programs Offer Homeless Patients a Place to Go” detailed the importance of respite and the work of our members at Boston HCH Program, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, and Circle the City, and The Seattle Times highlighted the respite program at Edward Thomas House in Seattle, WA. The Council also lent its perspective to recent stories detailing how sleep deprivation affects people without homes and the rising deaths of people experiencing homelessness in King County, Washington. The Council is always happy to provide guidance on homelessness and health care to the media: learn more.
HCH Careers: View Recent Listings on the Council's Jobs Board
The Council hosts a variety of job postings from across the Health Care for the Homeless field on our Careers page. We invite Organizational Members to submit open positions for our page, which attracts nearly 6,500 views each year. Recent postings include a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless in Oakland, CA, and several positions at Central City Concern in Portland, OR, including a Community Health Outreach Worker; Medical Assistant; On Call Sobering Technician; Clinic Coordinator; and Veterans Grant and Per Diem Case Manager. View further listings and learn how to submit your own on our Careers page, and contact Jennifer Dix, Communications Assistant, with any questions.
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