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Ballot Measures

Reproductive Health Kentucky voted against an anti-abortion constitutional amendment that would have stated that there was no right to abortion in the state. Montana voted against criminalizing providers who do not assist a “born alive” infant after an abortion. Vermont, California, and Michigan enshrined abortion rights in their constitution. Harm Reduction Health Policy If you …

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Voting Is Our Right!

Since the 2020 elections, 42 restrictive voting laws have been passed in 21 states. Many of these laws implemented voter ID requirements, which disproportionately disenfranchise people of color and people experiencing homelessness (PEH). Obtaining an ID can be a near insurmountable obstacle for PEH: You need ID to obtain ID, and many PEH have lost all of their vital records when evicted …

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Medicaid and the End of the Public Health Emergency

Medicaid requirements and flexibilities during the COVID-19 public health emergency have protected the most vulnerable populations in our country.  Lack of medical treatment is often a cause of homelessness, and continued barriers to care perpetuate suffering and poverty. Medicaid opens the door for our patients to receive wraparound care for physical and social determinants of health. In …

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Proving a Negative: Verifying Homelessness for HCH Eligibility

Primary audience: HCH health center staff This month we take up the notion of “proving” health center patients are indeed experiencing homelessness. (Find a less colloquial, in-depth version of this in our 2018 technical assistance notice.) With limited resources, HCH health centers must ensure that their federal funds are used exclusively for their intended purpose (while noting the …

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Illustration by Rose Wong "the dose" from the Commonwealth Fund

Gender-Affirming Care and HCH: Definitions, Resources, and Opportunities

Primary audience: health care organizations and providers What is Gender-Affirming Care? The term gender-affirming care is often used specifically to describe trauma-informed and patient-centered health care sought by trans and non-binary individuals; it can range from medical interventions like hormone replacement therapy and surgical interventions to non-medical gender affirmation that can support social and legal pathways to transition. …

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Street Medicine or Mobile Medical Unit?

Street Medicine or Mobile Medical Unit? Considerations for Expanding Medical Outreach

Primary audience: health centers, free and charitable clinics, safety-net hospitals Meeting people’s needs wherever they may be  As the increase of people living unsheltered drives the overall rise in homelessness, providers increasingly understand that their services must be accessible wherever their clients reside. We must meet people where they are, including indoor locations like soup …

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So, You Want to Hire a Nurse at a Shelter: It’s Complicated

Primary audience: shelters, rescue missions, homelessness services nonprofits This month’s post serves more to acknowledge the prevalence of a topic than to provide concrete solutions since strategies are so heavily affected by state-specific regulations, so we especially welcome your input in the comments! That issue is the challenge of homeless shelters, rescue missions, or other …

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