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In this issue: our new symposium & respite resources, HCH Day tips, & more.
In this issue: our new symposium & respite resources, HCH Day tips, & more.
Council News
August 2018
2018 Medical Respite Training Symposium
Explore the Future of Medical Respite at Our Symposium
Registration is now open for our first-ever Medical Respite Training Symposium! From October 1-2 in Phoenix, AZ, this singular, CME-accredited conference will bring together administrators, consumers, providers, and advocates for intensive workshops illuminating the unique care model that is medical respite. Whether you’re interested in creating new respite services, bolstering clinical practices and consumer engagement, or building hospital partnerships and securing funding, you'll find the information you need to enhance your practice and sharpen your advocacy in our Symposium's Planning/Start-up, Advanced Operations, and Clinical tracks. Our event will also offer an in-depth look at the Respite Care Providers’ Network’s groundbreaking Medical Respite Standards, Directory, and Toolkit, in addition to site visits to Circle the City. Register now to explore critical issues in medical respite with leading experts from across the U.S.
Save the Date for Our 2018 Leadership Summit on Homelessness & Health Care
Registration opens soon for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s Leadership Summit on Homelessness & Health Care from October 4-5 in Nashville. This event will complement our National HCH Conference by focusing on priority-setting and strategic planning for the Council’s advocacy and programs, leadership development, peer support, and networking. Learn why our longtime members recommend this event and contact us if you’re unsure about your organization’s membership status. If your organization is not a member but would like to participate in this unparalleled homeless health care strategy meeting, learn how you can join us for just $500.
Updated, Interactive Medical Respite Program Directory Now Available!
Our redesigned Medical Respite Program Directory is now available! The Council has now updated its directory from an annually released, static resource into a living, easily accessible directory that can be updated throughout the year. This newly interactive directory features advanced search options making it possible for you to identify programs by bed number, staffing, facility type, and funding. Access our new Medical Respite Program Directory, and if your program is not yet reflected in our new resource, please complete a program profile form and contact Julia Dobbins
New Resources Available to Help Your Respite Program Meet the National Standards
The Council has released free organizational self-assessment resources for medical respite programs seeking to meet our Standards for Medical Respite Care. Our Standards for Medical Respite Companion resources compile policies, procedures, and forms from existing medical respite programs across the country corresponding with each of our national standards. Free and easily adaptable to your organization’s needs, these resources will help your program track its progress and document its adherence to the standards. View the Standards for Medical Respite Companion, and contact Project Manager Julia Dobbins for more information.
Healing Hands Highlights Shelter-Based Care for Homeless Populations
The Council’s latest CME-accredited Healing Hands explores innovative shelter-based health care programs, highlighting best practices and lessons learned for effective collaborations with shelter staff. Many people without homes utilize emergency shelters or transitional housing programs—and living in these settings can exacerbate existing health conditions and expose individuals to new health risks. This new issue illustrates ways in which shelter-based care programs can respond to these concerns with person-centered, trauma-informed care. Designed by and for homeless health care professionals, Healing Hands helps learners understand and apply practical information from the field. CME credits are available for reading the issue and successfully completing the post-test.
New Issue Brief Examines “Medicaid & Work Requirements: Likely Impact on the HCH Community”
Our latest publication examines work requirements to Medicaid and the significant barriers they pose to health coverage and access to care for people experiencing homelessness—even if they qualify for an exemption. These requirements also would burden providers, who would need to prove exemptions and/or compliance as well as respond to lost/fluctuating patient coverage. In addition to outlining how these provisions will impact patients and providers alike, the new brief offers advocacy tips to fight these from being passed, as well as implementation tips if these come to pass in your community.
In Case You Missed It: New Care Recommendations for Youth Without Homes Now Available
The Council’s HCH Clinicians’ Network has released new supplemental anticipatory guidance for children and adolescents experiencing homelessness. A key component of well-child visits, anticipatory guidance—a proactive, age-based education and counseling technique—provides an opportunity for health care professionals, parents, and the child to ask questions and discuss issues of concern. Our new publication supplements standard anticipatory guidance to account for the unique challenges presented by homelessness that may affect a child’s health and development. Read the guidelines and learn about the HCH Clinicians’ Network and its ongoing commitment to improving care for patients without homes.
Council Seeks Contractor to Develop Diabetes Management Adapted Clinical Guidelines—Proposals Due August 31
The Council has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a contractor to create guidelines and recommendations for clinicians serving patients experiencing homelessness with diabetes. These guidelines will update and expand our 2013 publication Adapting Your Practice: Treatment and Recommendations for Patients Who Are Homeless With Diabetes Mellitus. Strong applicants will evidence excellent communication and writing skills, experience in writing large instructional documents, and an understanding of diabetes management. Read the RFP and send proposal requirements to Senior Director of Programs Darlene Jenkins by August 31.
Health Care for the Homeless Day (August 15) Is Nearly Here! Celebrate Your #HCHValue
Join us in recognizing HCH Day on August 15. Part of National Health Center Week (August 12-18), HCH Day celebrates the vital work of HCH to meet the health care needs of people without homes, eliminate health disparities, and end homelessness. Each year, consumers and staff organize HCH Day events to show appreciation for the people supporting HCH, to engage officials, and to build community partnerships. Demonstrate your #HCHValue with our tips and HCH Value infographic. View our HCH event planning webinar, share your event plans with us, and contact Consumer Advocate Katherine Cavanaugh for more information. The work you do to ensure access to health care for people without homes is vital—now is the time to celebrate your commitment and passion!
Advocacy Alert: Advocate Now for an End to the Opioid Epidemic
Read a message from our CEO Bobby Watts to learn how you can help address the opioid epidemic in Mobilizer. For more than 30 years, Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) programs have delivered effective substance use disorder services as part of primary care. As America struggles in the midst of a deadly opioid crisis, it is critical that we make our voices heard as our government and mainstream health care system try to figure out how to do what HCH has done for decades. Find the latest policy updates in Mobilizer and learn how to engage policymakers using our Opioid Policy Agenda endorsed by over 40 local and national organizations. Not signed up for Mobilizer? Subscribe or view our archives.
Council Welcomes New Board Members for 2018-19
The Council is pleased to welcome the Class of 2020 of our Board of Directors. New members include Jeff Foreman of Care for the Homeless (New York, NY), Julie Kozminski of Unity Health Care, Inc. (Washington, D.C.), Jonathan Santos-Ramos of Callen-Lorde Community Health Center (New York, NY), David Peery of Camillus Health Concern, Inc. (Miami, FL), and Lisa Thompson of Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (Denver, CO). The Council depends upon the guidance and vision of our engaged, dynamic, and informed Board as we strive to support and inspire providers, consumers, and advocates in homeless health care. We thank our new and returning Board Members for their leadership. View our Board of Directors.
Apply to Become a Moderator for the APHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo by August 17
The American Public Health Association (APHA) Caucus on Homelessness is now accepting submissions for moderators at the APHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo. Submissions should include name, affiliation, email, and area(s) of expertise; selected moderators will be notified via email. Email Program Planner Brett Poe or call at (615) 226-2292 with any questions. Learn more and apply to moderate sessions by no later than Friday, August 17.
HCH Careers: View Recent Listings on the Council's Jobs Board
The Council hosts a variety of job postings from across the HCH field on our Careers page. Organizational Members are invited to submit open positions for our page, which attracts nearly 6,500 views each year. Recent postings include calls for a Clinical Care Coordinator at Community Health Centers of Burlington in Burlington, VT; a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Duffy Health Center in Hyannis, MA; a Nurse Practitioner at Nasson Health Care in Springvale, ME; and a Resident Care Aide and HIV/End-of-Life Care Nurse at Joseph’s House in Washington, D.C. 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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