As we continue to celebrate National Health Center Week 2015 we specifically acknowledge Health Care for the Homeless (HCH). National Health Center Week recognizes and celebrates the opportunities that Health Centers provide, while Health Care for the Homeless Day specifically celebrates HCH Projects.
Annually, Health Centers serve over 20 million people nationally, and work hard to overcome barriers to care and make a lasting difference as to how healthcare is provided. By removing common barriers to care and serving communities confronting financial, geographical, language, and cultural barriers, Health Centers make primary and preventative, cost-effective, and high quality care a possibility for those who may not otherwise have access.
A specific way health centers work to remove these barriers is by providing healthcare for the homeless, in what are considered special population Health Centers. Currently, there are an estimated 3,500,000 individuals nationally without a place to stay, and who may often be unsure where they can turn for medical attention. All over the country, homeless people are able to receive quality medical care at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) via grant support from the Community Health Center (CHC) and/or at the HCH.
Built on the principle that every person has the right to adequate food, housing, clothing, and healthcare, the HCH’s main mission is to eliminate homelessness by ensuring comprehensive health care and secure housing for everyone. Made up of a network of more than 10,000 doctors, nurses, social workers, patients, and advocates, the HCH produces leading research, resources, and training related to care for persons experiencing homelessness.
With the rest of the week still to come, check out a list of NHCW15 events being held in your state here.
To contribute to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, click here.