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The novel coronavirus has reached every state in the U.S. As testing becomes more widely accessible, it is inevitable that more cases will be reported and the burden on the health care system will continue to increase. People experiencing homelessness are especially susceptible to COVID-19, and the Council is working to keep the Health Care for the Homeless community up to date with the latest information from the field and a continuously updated resources page.

The COVID-19 Town Hall & Coffee Chat series consists of one-hour sessions with presenters from the HCH front lines bringing health care providers and homeless advocates a chance to hear best practices, ask questions, and engage in discussions on this fast-moving pandemic.

Upcoming COVID-19 Coffee Chats

COVID-19 Coffee Chats are interactive discussions that cover a variety of topics relevant to supporting the needs of people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics and registration links will be posted as they are scheduled.

Town Hall and Coffee Chat Archives

Winter is Coming: Evictions & Social Upheaval | November 20, 2020

Winter is Coming: Cold Weather & Disasters | November 13, 2020

Winter is Coming: Flu & COVID-19 | November 6, 2020

Organizing Showers & Hygiene Access for People Living Outside | October 9, 2020

Building the Plane While Flying It: Health Care for the Homeless, Telehealth and COVID-19, Part II | September 29, 2020

How to Be a Single-Payer Advocate During a Pandemic | September 25, 2020

Voting Series Part Two: Mobilizing People Experiencing Homelessness to Turn Out and Vote | September 18, 2020

Medicaid & Managed Care Financing Strategies that Support Medical Respite Care Programs | September 15, 2020

Voting Series Part One: Registering People Experiencing Homelessness to Vote | September 11, 2020

Anti-Racism Advocacy & Consumer Perspectives | August 14, 2020

Building the Plane While Flying It: Health Care for the Homeless, Telehealth, and COVID-19 | August 7, 2020

Testing for COVID-19 in Homeless Shelters & Encampments: Discussing CDC’s New Health Department Guidance & NHCHC’s Newest Issue Brief | July 10, 2020

Consumer Experiences in Isolation and Quarantine | May 29, 2020

Compounding Oppression: Anti-Racism in COVID-19 Response | May 26, 2020

Building Resilience for Front Line Providers: What Does “Self-Care” Really Look Like? | May 22, 2020

Organizational Strategies for Supporting the Mental Health & Wellness of Providers & Staff | May 19, 2020

Addressing the Pandemic in Rural Communities | May 15, 2020

Continuity of Care for Residents in Permanent Supportive Housing | May 12, 2020

Using Telehealth Services for Patient Care | May 8, 2020

Structuring I/Q Sites for People Experiencing Homelessness: Examples and Guidance from Alameda County’s Project Roomkey | May 5, 2020

Testing for COVID-19 in Homeless Shelters | May 1, 2020

Avoiding Civil Detention: Responding to Clients Who Violate Isolation Orders | April 24, 2020

Supporting Clients’ Mental Health During Isolation and Quarantine | April 17, 2020

The Role of Medical Respite Care in COVID-19 Response | April 10, 2020

Reaching Unsheltered People | April 3, 2020

Clinical Pandemic Response for People Without Homes—Insights from Seattle & King County | March 27, 2020

Related: 

Safer at Home? COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

COVID-19: Rapid Response Strategies for Vulnerable and Underserved Participants | April 14, 2020

Coronavirus and the HCH Community: Status Updates, Available Guidance, Local Preparations, and Outstanding Issues | March 20, 2020

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