Health Care for the Homeless
The Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program of Manchester is also known as the Mobile Community Health Team (MCHT) at Catholic Medical Center. HCH Manchester conducts a primary care clinic at two locations: At the New Horizons for New Hampshire Shelter; and at the Families in Transition Housing Program. All persons who are experiencing homelessness (or who are at risk of being homeless) are welcomed to come to HCH Manchester Clinic.
The mission of HCH Manchester is: “To guarantee access to high quality comprehensive health care for all people who are homeless in Manchester, in a way that respects their dignity. HCH believes that access to health care is a right not a privilege.”Outreach healthcare is central to HCH philosophy and practice. The HCH Manchester program is sponsored through generous support and grants from Manchester Health Department and Catholic Medical Center.
HCH Manchester offers clinic sessions daily at New Horizons Shelter. Appointments are not necessary. No one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Clinic services include:
- Primary medical care
- Mental health care
- Addiction counseling
- Nurse case management
- Health education
- Social services
- Assistance with entitlements such as Food stamps, Medicaid and Disability applications
- Dental care and eye care is available on a limited basis
The HCH clinic team includes two physicians, three nurse practitioners, one psychiatric nurse practitioner, three nurses, one social worker, health educator and one front desk clerk/program assistant. HCH Manchester also employs a street outreach nurse who conducts tours four days each week to meet people at the Homeless Services Center, smaller shelters in town, and at various other locations to assist people who would like to visit or enroll in the HCH clinic for care.
For more information please call the HCH Manchester clinic team directly at: (603) 663-8718.