Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Day is part of National Health Center Week (NHCW). Health centers provide care to anyone in need, including low-income individuals, however, there are still many homeless people without health care across the nation. Homelessness is associated with many health issues, including chronic illnesses and a shorter life expectancy.¹ The social determinants of homelessness and health inequities are often intertwined. Long term homelessness ultimately worsens an individual’s health. Certintell wishes to fix this problem and expand health care to the homeless.
CARE GAP: Each year, America’s Community Health Centers serve 1.3 million people who experience homelessness.¹ People who are homeless are at greater risk of disease and behavioral health conditions that make them vulnerable to poor health, disability and premature death.¹ The continuation of the expansion of health care to the homeless is critical to ensure the safety and health of all community members.
CERTINTELL SOLUTION: Certintell’s goal is to contribute to the expansion of health care to the homeless by equipping safety-net providers with technology to serve the homeless through telehealth solutions. Our software, with a focus on care management services, allows those who do not have health care access to be seen by a provider from any location with an internet connection, through a mobile device.
➠ Visit ‘National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s page for more ways to advocate for this focus day.
¹“Monday, 8/5 – Health Care for the Homeless Day.” National Health Center Week, 9 May. 2017, healthcenterweek.org/healthcare-for-the-homeless.