On Wednesday, June 10th, CommWell Health hosted a Community Housing Coalition luncheon to address housing needs for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The event featured representatives from local housing organizations and also presented attendees with an opportunity to discuss the basics of banking and personal finance for the clinic's patients. The event was a great opportunity to learn more about local agencies and their ability to support work at the clinic.
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2015 CoC Program Registration is Open! Here's What You Need to Know
A new funding opportunity is available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to support Navigators in Federally Facilitated Marketplaces (FFM), including State Partnership Marketplaces. Navigators provide objective information about health coverage to consumers to help them make the best possible choice.
The Office of National AIDS Policy will host a regional forum in Los Angeles, Nashville, Detroit, and Boston. These meetings are free to the public and are part of the plan to reduce the spread of HIV, improve health outcomes, reduce HIV-related disparities, and achieve a more coordinated national response. They will be hosted from April 22-May 8.
Congratulations to the Med-HEART demonstration site Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD)! FHCSD was named a recipient of the prestigious Million Hearts award by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for its ability to achieve hypertension control rates of 70 percent or more among patients.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development announced during the White House event to commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day that it will take the next step toward an exploratory grant program to assist low-income victims of domestic violence living with HIV/AIDS. This HUD-proposed demonstration will award service providers grant funds to provide transitional and other temporary rental housing assistance and supportive services to low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
HealthHIV's 2015 Leadership Webinar Series
HealthHIV will soon launch its Leadership Link & Learn webinar series as part of its ASO Leadership Initiative. Starting March 2015, one webinar each month will cover such topics as:
• ASO Leadership in the Face of Political Adversity
• Mentoring: Building Leaders of the Future
• Do Leaders Need to Reflect the Populations their Organizations Serve?: Building Diversity in Your Leadership Team
• How to Lead Organizational Culture Change in the Era of Healthcare Reform
The Integrative Medicine for the Underserved 5th annual conference is calling for speakers. Come share what you know with a committed group who will help spread your innovative ideas to serve a wider population. Submit your proposal by March 2, 2015.
Congratulations to our SPNS colleagues at Harris Health Systems in Houston, TX! Their Health Care for the Homeless Program was recently chosen to receive the Services Partner award as part of the 2014 Houston's World Homeless Day Awards. Harris Health was chosen by the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County because of their dedication to changing the path for their homeless neighbors. They were formally recognized at the Coalition for the Homeless World Homeless Day event, "Joy, Hope, and Thanks," held on October 10th.
On September 18, 2014, the Housing for Persons With AIDS Modernization Act of 2014 was introduced in the House of Representatives. This bill would revise the formula used in distributing annual appropriations under the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program. One of the most significant components of the Administration's legislative proposal is shifting from cumulative AIDS cases, which counts deceased people, to living HIV and AIDS and adding both a housing cost factor and a poverty factor.