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Health Care for the Homeless 101


In the late 1980s, a group of clinicians and service providers demonstrated particular ways of providing health care to people experiencing homelessness. This delivery model, now known as the Health Care for the Homeless model of care, helps alleviate suffering and support recovery of people experiencing homelessness. It is a model of care that, while not taught in most health professions’ schools, has demonstrated success in the care for and recovery of people experiencing homelessness. Designed by HCH providers, this interactive course introduces students to the realities of homelessness, the HCH model of care, and the large community of HCH consumers, advocates, and providers.

Target Audience: Who Should Attend

This learning activity is designed for clinic and shelter staff, health professions students, federal employees, and volunteers new to Health Care for the Homeless. A certificate of completion is available upon completion of the course.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe root causes, experiences, and definitions of homelessness
  • Summarize the history of the HCH Program and the governmental agencies that fund and oversee HCH grantees
  • List specific characteristics of the HCH model of care
  • Identify resources and potential collaborations in their community to assist people experiencing homelessness
  • Identify ways to address common causes of stress in this practice setting and support self and team care
  • List membership organizations, networking opportunities, and continuing education options available for the HCH community
  • Evaluate HCH 101 training

To Take the Course

  • Go to the course.
  • Follow the instructions and proceed through the course. Work at your own pace. You can return to the course anytime to complete the modules.

Please contact Caroline Gumpenberger,, if you have any technical difficulties or questions about the course.


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