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Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center: Hosting Statewide Conference to Address Healthcare Needs of Homeless Population

New Haven – Medical providers, community outreach workers, and representatives from agencies across the state will gather Wednesday (Nov. 28) at the Chabad at Yale University to address the health care issues facing the thousands of people in Connecticut experiencing homelessness. Sponsored by the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center (CSHHC), Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) and others under the CT Collaboration for Homeless Healthcare umbrella, the all-day event will be held at 36 Lynwood Place, New Haven.

Titled “Facing Homelessness ≠ Forgoing Healthcare,” the event will feature a keynote address delivered by Amy Grassette, a consumer advocate who was homeless with her family for two years. Grassette, will discuss her experience and her engagement with the community during her stint of homelessness. The conference will also feature panel discussions on substance use, harm reduction, street medicine and a host of other issues relevant to healthcare and the homeless population.

Conference organizers state many of those attending the conference know the stories and urgent healthcare concerns behind Connecticut’s homeless statistics. Nearly 4,000 people in Connecticut were identified as homeless or at risk of homelessness in the 2016 Point in Time Count, a one-day unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families across the United States. As of the beginning of 2018, 529 people were experiencing homelessness in New Haven, 97 of them children, according to the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. “CT’s health centers serve over 392,000 people each year, including 12,000 people experiencing homelessness,” said Ken Lalime, CEO of the Community Health Center Association of CT. “Our health centers are uniquely positioned to provide primary medical, behavioral health and dental care to all people where it is convenient for them to receive it. We are proud to collaborate with health centers and other service providers towards improved health and well-being for all people, no matter their circumstance.”

The event is designed to allow healthcare and other providers to learn directly from consumers and share best practices with one another. This goal of this approach is to improve collaboration and coordination among the statewide network of providers.

 “We are creating this opportunity for those involved, and interested, in improving our homeless population’s access to healthcare to have a productive dialogue,” said Michael R. Taylor, CEO of Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center. “This begins with having people who are experiencing or who have experienced homelessness at the planning table as well as experts who can share insights into best practices and methods of securing resources.”

For more information on the Health Center, please visit: http://www.cornellscott.org.

The Cornell Scott – Hill Health Center is the oldest and among the largest community Health Centers in Connecticut. The center provides integrated medical and behavioral health solutions throughout the greater New Haven area and the Naugatuck Valley with the goal of improving the health status of patients and the community at large. The Cornell Scott – Hill Health Center has been a leader in community healthcare innovation for almost 50 years. Learn more at www.cornellscott.org.

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