Guidance for Health Systems and Hospitals Published by USICH

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has recently published new federal guidance aimed at helping health systems and hospitals improve the care they provide to people experiencing homelessness. This guidance emphasizes the importance of a collaborative approach in addressing homelessness as a public health crisis.

According to USICH Executive Director Jeff Olivet, health systems and hospitals play a crucial role in addressing the complex health and housing needs of homeless individuals. The guidance, titled “How Health Systems and Hospitals Can Help Solve Homelessness,” offers practical resources for healthcare professionals across various fields, including public health departments, providers, and researchers.

The six strategies outlined in the guidance include delivering care outside traditional medical facilities, partnering with non-health organizations, and promoting supportive and affordable housing. By implementing these strategies effectively, healthcare providers can make a significant impact on reducing homelessness rates.

To develop this guidance, USICH reviewed existing literature on homelessness and conducted interviews with various partners, including individuals with lived experiences of homelessness, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. They also received valuable feedback from these partners throughout the development process.

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