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Assessing Health, Promoting Wellness
The inspiration for this guide grew out of conversations with PATH contacts in various states who indicated a high level of interest in providing trainings for front-line PATH providers on the general topic of health care issues for non-medical providers. To address this need, the PATH program, the HRC, and the National HCH Council came together to develop this guide, along with a training curriculum, for PATH providers and others who provide care for people experiencing homelessness.

While the focus of the guide is on health as traditionally understood, the content also reflects a broader view of health that points to the needs of the whole person within his or her environment. Hence, the guide includes topics related to the causes and conditions of homelessness, dental concerns, mental health, substance use, serving specific homeless populations, violence, documenting disability, health literacy, housing, trauma, and other topics affecting the interplay bet...
ween health and homelessness.

The guide also describes a person-centered, trauma-informed, and recovery-oriented framework of caring that is key to providing services effectively. The authors hope that this framework of
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