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HCH2021 Call For Proposals

Abstract Submission Guide

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council welcomes proposals to provide both introductory and advanced educational content at the annual conference for clinicians, patients, researchers, administrators, advocates, consumers, and policymakers working at the intersection of health care, homelessness, and housing.

Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 PM Pacific Time, on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, following the guidelines linked here. Review Committee decisions will be communicated in January 2021.

Disclaimer: We acknowledge that we are living in uncertain and unprecedented times. While we are currently planning to host this conference as an in-person event in Baltimore, MD, we will be monitoring the national situation and if necessary, will adjust to a virtual conference experience.

Please Note:  Accepted proposals from last year’s canceled conference do not automatically carry over to HCH2021. We invite and encourage you to revise and submit (or simply re-submit) for consideration in 2021.

Conference Theme

Proposals should address an aspect of the conference theme “EQuality = Equity + Quality in a COVID-Aware World.” “Equity” refers to health equity, the idea that everyone should have a fair opportunity to attain their full health potential and that no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential. “Quality” characterizes approaches that optimize outcomes and the experience of care for patients and providers alike. “In a COVID-Aware World” refers to the novel reality individuals and organizations will be living with, and how the interactions and operations of Health Care for the Homeless organizations and personnel have evolved and adapted to this new normal.

Our theme acknowledges that quality care must be equitable and adaptable. Health equity is vital to the delivery of coordinated, comprehensive health care and is needed to successfully end homelessness.

We especially seek proposals that highlight marginalized subpopulations and their experiences, such as rural communities, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, older adults, children, youth, or Veterans. Proposals should highlight equitable health services and promote cultural humility and trauma-informed principles.

 Proposals may also address policy implications, such as policies affecting healthcare and housing, and effective grassroots movements that can mobilize entire communities to create positive change for the people they serve.

Conference Tracks

Each proposal should address one of the four conference tracks: (1) Direct Care, (2) Policy and Advocacy, (3) Program Operations and Innovation, and (4) Evidence and Evaluation

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