To address the challenges related to meeting the health care needs of Californians experiencing homelessness, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), with support from the California Health Care Foundation, coordinated the California Health Care and Homelessness Learning Community.

This statewide initiative brought together stakeholders from California to learn from peers and experts across the nation about innovative approaches to improve health services for individuals experiencing homelessness. The Learning Community included two tracks: (1) providers and organizations that support those that provide direct care to people experiencing homelessness; and (2) managed care plans:

Provider TrackManaged Care Plan Track
  • Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless
  • California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems/California Health Care Safety Net Institute
  • Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency
  • Village Health Center and Regional Task Force on the Homeless
  • California Primary Care Association and the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
  • University of California Davis
  • LA Christian Health Centers
  • Ritter Center and Marin Community Clinics
  • Union Station and the University of Southern California Street Medicine
  • Illumination Foundation
  • LA Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Anthem
  • Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan
  • CalOptima
  • Health Net
  • Inland Empire Health Plan
  • Kaiser Permanente and the Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • LA Care Health Plan and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
  • Molina Healthcare of California
  • San Francisco Health Plan
  • SCAN Health Plan

Over the project period, the Learning Community:

  • Supported a shared platform for participants to learn from each other and foster opportunities to support the scale and spread of promising practices;
  • Identified collaboration and information-sharing opportunities at the local, regional, and statewide level;
  • Educated participants regarding policy levers and opportunities to address the health care needs of individuals experiencing homelessness under the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative and other state and national auspices;
  • Connected California stakeholders to relevant innovations and experts elsewhere in the country to help accelerate the spread and uptake of promising approaches; and
  • Identified high-priority areas for the field to focus on in subsequent years to meaningfully meet the health care needs of this population, in addition to key opportunities and levers for doing so.

For the next phase of this work, see Partnerships for Action: California Health Care & Homelessness Learning Collaborative.