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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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New Haven, CT. — PRESS RELEASE
November 11, 2018

Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center (CS-HHC) announces that the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven awarded the health center a $35,000 grant award to support recruiting a new psychiatric provider.

CS-HHC is working with an external recruiter to fill the position in 2019.  The new position will provide prescription and clinical services to adult clients in New Haven County.  By expanding capacity, CS-HHC will reach as many as 300 additional clients annually with urgently needed mental health and substance use treatment services.  The CS-HHC capacity-building award is part of the Community Foundation’s 2018 grant awards package, totaling $2,670, 527, to organizations responding to pressing needs throughout Greater New Haven.

Pointing to the impact of the opioid crisis on New Haven and the Lower Naugatuck Valley, CS-HHC officials said the award comes at a critical time when the need is growing for treatment.

Michael R. Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, said, “We welcome this award from The Community  Foundation,  one of our most dedicated  community partners as we continue to respond to the critical health issues  facing residents of the communities we serve.”

He said, “We are building our capacity to serve more people, particularly as more people are battling addiction, mental health and other serious health issues.  Psychiatric providers play a critical role in our integrated approach to ensuring the delivery of high-quality treatment and services to the people throughout our community.”

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