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What You Need to Serve Those in Need: Technical Assistance & Training

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council provides technical assistance and targeted training to health centers, medical respite providers, and other agencies working at the intersection of health care and homelessness. Use the form below to get answers to specific homelesnsess-related questions, receive in-depth advice from experts, or to request training.

Our response will be tailored to your need and may include providing you resources, a phone consultation with staff and/or a Subject Matter Expert, or a peer introduction. We specialize in connecting you to agencies and individuals that have the experience and context that matches your inquiry. 

The Council does not provide direct service to patients.

If you or a loved one are personally experiencing homelessness and need help, please use our National HCH Grantee Directory to find services near you.

Common Topics for TA

  • Medical Respite Care Start-ups
  • Sliding Fee Scales
  • Trauma-Informed Care & Systems
  • Consumer Advisory Boards & Patient Engagement
  • Definitions of Homelessness & Eligibility for Services
  • UDS Data on Homelessness
  • Housing and Hospital Partnerships
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment & Opioid Abuse
  • Outreach & Enabling Services
  • Community Health Workers
  • Social Determinants of Health & Causes of Homelessness
  • HRSA Program Compliance
  • Services in Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Harm Reduction & Housing First
  • Storytelling & Advocacy

Funding Considerations

The Council provides technical assistance free of charge without regard to membership status, though we may ask you to cover some of the expenses for any onsite training. If you have the capacity, we encourage you to support our work by joining the Council as an Organizational Member for just $500 for the first year. You may also make a tax-deductible donation of any amount to help support our long-term sustainability.

Access Technical Assistance or Targeted Training

NHCHC Media Experts: COVID-19

To request an interview with a National Health Care for the Homeless Council staff or community member, contact Terri Woodmore, Communications Manager.

Council Staff

Hugo Aguas, MA

Research Associate

Hugo works with the research team to research health outcomes using data driven methodologies, Hugo collaborates with other community health partners throughout the country to develop educational materials pertaining to medical care for those experiencing homelessness. Hugo also disseminates data and provides ease-of-access to community partners throughout the nation, and assists in writing publications and scheduling educational seminars on public health amongst those experiencing homelessness.

 

 

Barbara DiPietro, PhD

Senior Director of Policy

Barbara directs the policy and advocacy activities for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. This includes conducting policy analysis, providing educational materials and presentations to a broad range of policymakers and other stakeholders, coordinating the Council’s policy priorities with national partners, and organizing staff assistance to the Policy Committee and the National Consumer Advisory Board.

 

 

Tineciaa Harris MSPH, MS

Clinical and Quality Improvement Manager

Tineciaa works to improve the clinical environment in health centers broadly through education, training, technical assistance, and policy with a focus on quality improvement. Tineciaa operates on the national level in frequent partnership with both federal and non-profit organizations and leads initiatives that seek to improve health outcomes for people experiencing homelessness.

 

 

Katie League, LCSW-C

COVID-19 Project Manager (Policy Team)

Katie works with the policy team to support the Council’s efforts surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic. She works to identify and promote promising practices, common challenges, and key policy issues faced by the HCH community.

 

 

 

Courtney Pladsen, DNP, FNP-BC, RN

Director of Clinical and Quality Improvement

Courtney Pladsen leads initiatives to improve the delivery of primary care, substance use treatment, and mental health care nationally. She directs training and quality improvement initiatives, and contributes to research and policy recommendations on emerging clinical issues affecting people experiencing homelessness.

Bobby Watts

Bobby Watts, MPH, MS

Chief Executive Officer

Bobby Watts has 30 years of experience in administration, direct service, and implementation of homeless health services, beginning as a live-in counselor at the New York City Rescue Mission. He spent most of his career prior to joining the Council at Care for the Homeless, which operates clinics and shelters and conducts policy analysis and advocacy in New York City.

HCH Community Experts

 

Kristie Hartig, MSN, RN, PHN, CWOCN
Topeka, KS

Erin Ryan, MSW, MPH
Senior Vice President, The Night Ministry
Chicago, IL

Return to main Experts Guide page

 

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