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


As capacity for COVID-19 testing grows in most communities, high-risk settings such as homeless shelters and encampments are increasingly being prioritized for universal testing events. New CDC guidance for health departments (to be released shortly) outlines factors that local and state agencies can use to further inform specific policies being developed for these venues.

A new National HCH Council issue brief provides lessons learned and testing strategies that HCHs in five cities have found to work successfully when conducting universal testing. Come to this discussion to hear about these new resources and bring your questions about testing in your community.


  • Kristine Schmit, MD, MPH, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Public Health Service; Medical Officer, Surveillance, Epidemiology, Outbreak Investigations Branch, Division of TB Elimination, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Elizabeth Imbert, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Division of HIV, ID and Global Medicine, UCSF, Med/Epi Lead, Shelter/Encampment Team, Outbreak Management Branch, Departmental Operations Center, San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA
  • Kevin Lindamood, President & CEO, Health Care for the Homeless, Baltimore, MD


  • Barbara DiPietro, Ph.D., Senior Director of Policy, NHCHC
Categories: Clinical Practice, Shelter Health
Tags: Webinar
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