Leading Voices & Issues

Leading Voices – Caitlin Synovec – Medical Respite Organizational Self-Assessment

Caitlin Synovec is the Medical Respite Program Manager for NIMRC. The National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s Medical Respite Standards were developed to serve as a framework for medical respite programs; to support medical respite programs’ ability to operate safely, effectively, and seamlessly with local health care systems; and to promote program development and growth (NHCHC, 2016). Although medical…

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Leading Voices – Julia Dobbins – Outcome Measures & Data Collection in Medical Respite

Julia Dobbins is the Director of Programs and Services for NIMRC. While medical respite has grown exponentially in the last ten years, it is still a fairly recent addition to the homeless health care field with the earliest programs beginning in the 1980s. Only 35 states have medical respite programs and of those, only a few have five or more…

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Leading Voices – Bobby Watts – Why the Council?

Bobby Watts is the Director of the NIMRC Initiative and the CEO of the National Health Care for the Council. Interest in Medical Respite (aka Recuperative Care) has increased dramatically over the past few years, and interest accelerated during the past months of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to this increased demand for Medical Respite Care, two months ago, the…

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Issues – Barbara DiPietro – NIMRC’s Public Policy Focus

Barbara DiPietro is the Director of Policy for NIMRC. Our goal at the National Institute for Medical Respite Care is to improve health care services and health outcomes for people who are homeless. But the success of medical respite care programs depends on strong public policy support. That’s why NIMRC has a dedicated policy focus that examines how legislative and…

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Leading Voices – Julia Dobbins – Standards for Medical Respite Care

Julia Dobbins is the Director of Programs and Services for NIMRC. Medical respite care is a fairly recent phenomenon, with the earliest programs beginning in the mid-1980s. As the need for medical respite care for people experiencing homelessness has grown, communities have responded by developing their own unique programs using the resources available to them.

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