All Health Care for the Homeless clinics are closed on Monday, May 29. We will be back to normal hours on Tuesday, 5/30. Baltimore City shelters will remain open, but the Shelter Hotline will be down on Monday. Please call shelters directly at their numbers listed here:

Lilian Amaya talking to a community member about available colorectal cancer screenings.
Let's talk about colon health


People experiencing homelessness are twice as likely to die from cancer than the average adult in the United States. And the risk from colon cancer is even higher if you're Black or African American.

For Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we put a special focus on addressing misconceptions and prompting clients to get screened! Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of a traditional colonoscopy and don't know they have the option of a noninvasive FIT test, good for one year. 


Putting prevention front and center: 

  • We texted over 600 clients who are overdue for a colorectal screening—and got an overwhelming response back, with all 64 colorectal screening specific slots filled up!
  • At our March Front Porch campaign at Fallsway, staff spoke to 70+ clients about the importance of screening for colorectal cancer, while also handing out street safety kits, hot chocolate, coffee, donuts and winter gear. 
  • Our medical assistants, nurses, and harm reduction staff all got renewed training on addressing cancer screenings with clients.


Header image: Director of Population Health & Care Coordination Tracy Russell, RN, helping out at the outreach table. Right: Tracy and Population Health Nurse Shannon Riley, RN. 

Are you or someone you know due for a screening?

Check out our guide to colon health and the screenings we offer. Everyone between the ages of 45 and 75 needs regular screenings for colorectal cancer. Talk to your provider about your options. 

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Two Black women, Chief Behavioral Officer Lawanda Williams and Therapist Case Manager Tammy Montague, smiling at the camera.

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The annual National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium was May 15-18 in Baltimore! More than 1,000 attendees came from across the nation; here's a recap of all the ways we gathered and called for change. 


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