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2023 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium

Working to End Homelessness by Ensuring Health Care and Housing for All

The Council is a membership organization uniting thousands of health care professionals, people with lived experience of homelessness, and advocates in homeless health care. Join us in working to improve care and eliminate homelessness.

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Lift your voice and take action for health care and housing justice!

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Request advice from qualified experts or learn something new in homeless health care.

Find Best Practices or Discover Research

View resources, research & quality improvement for health care and homelessness

Find information about Consumers

Consumers are people with lived experience of homelessness

If You are Experiencing Homelessness

The Council does not offer direct homeless services like providing shelter or care. The most direct way to get help in your area is to dial “211” or go to 211.org. It will refer you to LOCAL services in your city or state. To find HCH’s in your area, you can go to our Directory here.

The Council supports 3 pillars of service:

Training

We support HCHs, Advocates, and Consumer Leaders through Webinars, Courses, Regional and National Training, and Conferences, as well as providing Technical Support and access to experts in the field of Health Care for the Homeless. Our Clinical team works to continually improve standards of care and help in training HCH staff.

Research

Our Research team finds and collects data from various regional and national sources, often working with governmental bodies and private organizations. We offer these up for free by using dashboards, publications, and live as well recorded presentations.

Advocacy

Our advocacy team works with political leaders to help effect change both nationally as well as regionally and produces material to support activists in the fight to end homelessness and improve medical care to those who have become homeless.

Who do we serve

Beyond our work in the fight to end Homelessness we serve Over 200 Healthcare for the Homeless facilities across the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

Visit Our Directory to find an HCH in your area.

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Webinars & Training:

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Featured Webinar or Training:

Hepatitis C Virtual Symposium: Primary Care-Based Treatment for People Experiencing Homelessness | April 30 | 11:30 am CT
a virtual half-day symposium on treating hepatitis C in primary care settings among people experiencing homelessness. We will cover a wide range of topics specific to treating hepatitis C in this population, including substance use, harm reduction, and complex medical needs. The Symposium will..…. Read more
Being Trauma-Informed and Its Role in Ending Homelessness
Foundations of LGBTQIA+ Health Care and Homelessness: Terminology, Concepts, and Best Practices

Upcoming Webinars & Training:

Thursday, April 20 – 2023 2:00 pm – Community-Centered Approaches to Racial and Social Justice: Change from the Outside In With CCHH Wednesday, April 5 – 2023 11:30 am – Hepatitis C Virtual Symposium: Primary Care-Based Treatment for People Experiencing Homelessness Thursday, March 30 – 2023 2:00 pm – Community-Centered Approaches to Healthcare: Introduction to the Community-Centered Health Home Model Wednesday, March 8 – 2023 1:00 pm – Coffee Chat: Respite care Providers Network (RCPN) Wednesday, February 24 – 2023 12:00 pm – We are Not a Monolith: Identifying the Power Within Storytelling Webinar Wednesday, February 22 – 2023 1:00 pm – RCPN: All Members Meeting Monday, January 30 – 2023 1:00 pm – Community Conversation: Permission to Say No Wednesday, December 21 – 2022
1:00 pm – NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS’ MEMORIAL DAY

Wed, December 21, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

The first day of winter. The longest night of the year. People in your community will die without a home this year. While we understand the importance of every life, we recognize the reality of conditions that individuals and families experiencing homelessness face. National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is the day to remember those who have died during the year while unhoused, unsheltered, living in shelters, transitional housing, or other uninhabitable places and spaces, and without a place to call home.

Over the past years, hundreds of cities representing more than thirty States and the District of Columbia have participated in the National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. Let’s make this a year of increased awareness and advocacy by organizing in our communities to memorialize the lives that have been lost across the nation as we work throughout the coming year to end homelessness and the need for such a day.

Go to this event

Tuesday, December 20 – 2022 11:00 am – Coffee Chat: Updated CDC COVID-19 Guidance & Winter Planning for the HCH Community Wednesday, December 14 – 2022 1:00 pm – Learning Collaborative: Addressing Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Conditions Among People Who Live in Encampments Wednesday, December 7 – 2022 1:00 pm – Community Conversations: Syringe Access and Safer Consumption Tuesday, December 6 – 2022 12:00 pm – Understanding and Preventing Homeless Mortality Thursday, November 17 – 2022 12:00 pm – Lunch and Learn…on the go! A Series for Mobile Health Care Providers Thursday, November 10 – 2022 12:00 pm – Learning Collaborative: Community Food Mapping

12:00 pm – Lunch and Learn…on the go! A Series for Mobile Health Care Providers Wednesday, November 9 – 2022 1:00 pm – Learning Collaborative: Addressing Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Conditions Among People Who Live in Encampments Thursday November 3 – 2022 12:00 pm – Lunch and Learn…on the go! A Series for Mobile Health Care Providers Wednesday, November 2 – 2022 1:00 pm – Promising Practices: Providing Behavioral Health Care in a Medical Respite Setting

2:00 pm – What Health Centers Can Do to Advance the Vital Role for Community Health Workers and Peers in SDOH Screening for Positive Health Outcomes Thursday, October 27 – 2022 12:00 pm – Learning Collaborative: Community Food Mapping

12:00 pm – Lunch and Learn…on the go! A Series for Mobile Health Care Providers Wednesday, October 26 – 2022 2:00 pm – Community Conversations: Xylazine in the Drug Supply Tuesday, October 25 – 2022 2:00 pm – Addressing Cognition in Medical Respite Thursday, October 20 – 2022 12:00 pm – October Learning Series: Billing for Service and the Mobile Unit Tuesday, October 18 – 2022 2:00 pm – Addressing Cognition in Medical Respite Thursday, October 13 – 2022 12:00 pm – Learning Collaborative: Community Food Mapping

12:00 pm – October Learning Series: Billing for Service and the Mobile Unit Wednesday, October 12 – 2022 2:00 pm – Intimate Partner Violence, Homelessness and Behavioral Health: A Toolkit for Health Center and Community PartnersToolkit Thursday, September 29 – 2022 12:00 pm – Learning Collaborative: Community Food Mapping Friday, September 23 – 2022 1:00 pm – BIPOC Wellness Part One: Pathways to Peace – An Introduction to Workplace (and Other Wellness) Concepts Thursday, September 15 – 2022 12:00 pm – September Learning Series: Addressing Safety and Security in Mobile Health Care Thursday, September 8 – 2022 12:00 pm – September Learning Series: Addressing Safety and Security in Mobile Health Care

12:30 pm – RCPN Coffee Chat: Medical Respite and Addressing Monkeypox Wednesday, August 31 – 2022 1:00 pm – Clinicians’ Network Community Conversations: Harm Reduction Strategies for the Fentanyl Crisis Wednesday, July 27 – 2022 1:00 pm – Trauma-Informed Environment In Medical Respite Thursday, July 21 – 2022 2:00 pm – Clinicians’ Network Community Conversations: Clinicians’ Interactions with Law Enforcement Tuesday, June 28 – 2022 Consumer Leadership Summit 2022 Monday, June 27 – 2022 Consumer Leadership Summit 2022 Wednesday, June 8 – 2022 1:00 pm – Bridges to Better Care: Integrating Data Systems to Streamline Care Coordination
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Popular Webinars:

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Being Trauma-Informed and Its Role in Ending Homelessness
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Foundations of LGBTQIA+ Health Care and Homelessness: Terminology, Concepts, and Best Practices

Whats Happening

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Visit Our Vaccine Ambassadors page

VAP focuses on increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates among people experiencing homelessness, people with substance use disorder, and people who engage in sex work. All three groups are at increased risk for COVID-19 infection but have experienced barriers…

COVID-19 Pandemic Guide

This comprehensive guide aims to gather the most up-to-date information and provide guidance to organizations and programs who serve people experiencing homelessness to minimize harm during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, as we are now nearly three years into this pandemic, we wanted to gather the lessons learned for future pandemics.

Learn about first 2 years of NIMRC

In July of 2022, we mark the 2-year anniversary of the launch of The National Institute for Medical Respite Care, an initiative of The National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Take a look at what we’ve done so far and look forward to doing in the future.

The Councils Periodicals (E-Publications)

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council produces scheduled publications in both PDF and email newsletter format these are distributed at the scheduled time to email address boxes of members but you can find the issue archives below.

Solidarity: Issue and education focused, and includes information such as recommended reading and “In the News” features.
R & R: Highlights webinars and other key events, as well as registrations, resources, and job openings. Clean and concise, designed for quick reading
COVID-19 Flash Blast: A brief synopsis of key issues specific to covid-19 and the HCH delivered twice a month community
Mobilizer Volume 25, No. 10
Mobilizer: a monthly action alert newsletter developed by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s policy and advocacy team.
Respite News: an e-publication of the RCPN highlighting trends, new resources, and learning opportunities of interest to providers, consumers, and advocates of medical respite care.
The Consumer Voice: offers important information on housing and health care topics and shares updates on the work of NCAB and consumer advisory boards across the United States.
Healing Hands: a publication of the HCH Clinicians’ Network, melds scientific knowledge with the experience of clinicians working in Health Care for the Homeless
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