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Responding to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Tools & Resources for HCH Staff

Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and Futures Without Violence
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 1-2:30 p.m. ET

Intimate partner violence (IPV) negatively impacts one’s mental health, physical health, and economic stability. Due to the prevalence of IPV among people experiencing homelessness, HCH programs find themselves addressing issues related to IPV on a weekly, even daily, basis. While it is clear that IPV is a significant problem, how to effectively respond to it within the HCH setting is not. To close this gap, the National HCH Council has partnered with Futures Without Violence to share tools and resources for identifying and responding to IPV.
In addition to sharing the resources developed by Futures Without Violence, this webinar will explore the ways that HCH staff respond to IPV in their programs and the challenges faced when working with victims and perpetrators of IPV. The presenters will share strategies for creating a trauma-informed environment, building community partnerships, and training and supporting staff. After the presentation, speakers will participate in a live Q&A session with the audience.

Speakers:

  • Brian Bickford, MA/LMHC, Director, Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program, Community Healthlink (Worcester, MA)
  • Julia Dobbins, MSSW, National Health Care for the Homeless Council (Nashville, TN)
  • Chris Espersen, MSPH, Independent Contractor, Past President of Midwest Clinicians’ Network (Franklin Park, IL)
  • Anna Marjavi, Program Director, Futures Without Violence (San Francisco, CA)

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Being Trauma Informed and Its Role in Ending Homelessness

Presented by the National HCH Council and Coldspring Center for Social and Health Innovation
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 | 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT

We sit at the edge of a paradigm that has the power to transform not only our work with patients, but our communities and nation as well. Ending homelessness will never happen as long as the majority of people in our society do not understand those who experience this tragic reality and what they need to live a healthy productive life. It is in this knowledge where empathy and motivation for change emerges and real solutions can be implemented, not only to help those experiencing homelessness, but also stopping the pipelines that lead to poverty, imprisonment, and homelessness.

In this introductory webinar, we’ll examine foundations of the trauma informed paradigm and what it means for our organizations and communities. This introduction will provide an understanding and language to begin to consider how the emerging science behind trauma can inform how care is provided and direct advocacy toward real solutions to end homelessness. Connecting research to passion can change lives and communities!

Speaker:

  • Matt Bennett, Chief Innovation Officer, Coldspring Center for Social and Health Innovation, Denver, CO

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Treating Opioid Addiction in Homeless Populations: Challenges and Opportunities Providing Medication Assisted Treatment (Buprenorphine)

Presented by the National HCH Council
Thursday, August 18th, 2016 | 3-4 p.m. EDT

Our nation is facing an opioid epidemic that has reached crisis levels; drug overdose deaths have surpassed car accidents and firearms as the leading cause of injury and death in the U.S. In 2014 47,000 people died of drug overdoses, more than any other year on record, and opiate overdoses accounted for more than half of those deaths. For persons experiencing homelessness the crisis is not a new one, and the effects of addiction have an even greater devastating impact. As the Health Care for the Homeless community knows well, addiction can cause and prolong homelessness, and the conditions of homelessness complicate one’s ability to engage in addiction treatment.

This webinar, which complements our recently published policy brief, identifies challenges to treating opioid addiction with Medication Assisted Treatment (Buprenorphine) in a health center environment, and discusses provider practices to overcome these challenges to promote access and recovery. The webinar will also provide an update on federal legislative and administrative efforts to address the opioid crisis and its impact on the delivery of treatment to persons experiencing homelessness.

Speakers:

  • Nilesh Kalyanaraman, MD, Chief Health Officer, Health Care for the Homeless, Baltimore, MD
  • Terry Clark, Addictions Counselor, Health Care for the Homeless, Baltimore, MD
  • Brianna Sustersic, MD, Senior Medical Director of Primary Care, Central City Concern, Portland, OR
  • Brian Barnes, Clinical Supervisor, Central City Concern, Portland, OR

Moderator:

  • Barbara DiPietro, Senior Director of Policy, National HCH Council

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The SPOT: Boston’s New Harm Reduction Program for Opioid Users Forges New Ground

Presented by the National HCH Council
Thursday, July 28, 2016 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT

In response to the local overdose crisis in Boston, the Boston Health Care for The Homeless Program (BHCHP) recently opened the Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment (SPOT), which provides people with opioid use disorder a safe space where they are monitored during periods of sedation after taking substances. Participants are also offered connection to medical and addiction services. This innovative “harm reduction” approach reduces the risk of overdose and is one additional strategy to help address the growing opioid crisis among vulnerable populations.

This webinar will describe how the program evolved from concept to implementation, the clinical impact observed to date, and the changing attitudes toward harm reduction as a result. As communities nationwide struggle to manage opioid addiction, the experiences of this emerging program can serve as an example for others to consider adapting to their local needs.

Speakers:

  • Boston Healthcare for The Homeless Program (BHCHP)
    • Jessie Gaeta, MD, Chief Medical Officer
    • Joanne Guarino, Chair, Consumer Advisory Board and Member, Board of Directors
    • Barry Bock, Chief Executive Officer
  • Boston Public Health Commission
    • Sarah Mackin, Director, AHOPE Needle Exchange and Harm Reduction Services

Moderator:

  • Barbara DiPietro, Senior Director of Policy, National HCH Council

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Hospital Community Benefit Funding: Potential Resources to Meet the Needs of Homeless Populations

Presented by the National HCH Council
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | 2-3 p.m. ET

To qualify for tax exemptions as charitable organizations, not-for-profit hospitals are required to engage in activities that benefit their communities, often known as “hospital community benefit.” These activities can mean additional funding for programs, staffing, and other tangible assistance that meet the needs of people who are homeless, often addressing gaps in existing community services.

This webinar complements a recent policy brief and will give an overview of hospital community benefit requirements; describe how community benefit funds are often allocated; provide examples of successful partnerships currently in practice in two states; and share advice for maximizing hospital partnerships with the Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) community.

Speakers:

  • Doreen Fadus, Executive Director, Community Benefit & Health, Mercy Medical Center (Springfield, MA)
  • Brooks Ann McKinney, Director of Medical Respite and Safety Net Provider Relations, Mission Health System (Asheville, NC)
  • Carrie Harnish, Clinical Director Community Benefit, Trinity Health (Livonia, MI)
  • Eli Simons, Intern, National HCH Council Board of Directors (Nashville, TN)

Moderator:

  • Barbara DiPietro, Senior Director of Policy, National HCH Council (Baltimore, MD)

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We All Do IT: UDS and Reporting Software

Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | 3-4 p.m. ET

Each year, every community health center program is required to submit data for HRSA’s Uniform Data System (UDS). Technology can help in the process, but with several IT vendors promising fast and easy solutions, it can be an overwhelming decision as well as a frustrating process once we realize that there is no one-size-fits-all product. The tweaking of product and process has become one of trial-and-error for many programs.

This webinar will review UDS reporting software and showcase the experiences of two Health Care for the Homeless grantees. The presenters will describe the products they used, how they took EMR/EHR data and translated it into UDS reporting categories, and ultimately how reporting improved the quality of care for their consumers. Throughout the webinar, presenters will offer tips, suggestions, and other resources. After the presentation, speakers will participate in a live Q&A session with the audience.

Presenters:

  • Susan Friedrich, MBA, PMP, Managing Director, JSI (Bow, NH)
  • Chuck Amos, MBA, Director of Performance Improvement, Health Care for the Homeless (Baltimore, MD)
  • Chris Espersen, MSPH, Independent Contractor, Past President of MWCN (Franklin Park, IL)

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Additional UDS Resources from the National HCH Council

For an in-depth introduction to best practices in UDS, view materials from Mastering UDS: Implementing New Measures and Improving Your Outcomes,” a Learning Lab from the Council’s 2015 National HCH Conference & Policy Symposium.