Are your VA and Community Providers connected?

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Proper care coordination begins with health information sharing between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and your participating community care providers! By electronically sharing your record with participating providers through the Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE) Program, your participating community care providers can better manage your care, so you and your family will not need to request and carry paper medical records from one health care provider to another.

An example of proper care coordination at its best: A Veteran, traveling on vacation became ill and was transported to the emergency room.  While receiving emergency care, the doctors were able to see the Veteran's VA health record where the community provider was able see the patient's health summary, which included immunizations, labs, allergies, and medications list - preventing drug interactions and possible misdiagnosis.

Avoid the frustration of tracking down, copying, and carrying your medical records between private physicians, hospitals, and specialists and your VA clinicians. With records viewable to both VA and your participating non-VA healthcare providers, clinicians are able to avoid unnecessary or duplicate tests and procedures. In an emergency, the Veterans Information Exchange (VHIE) provides clinicians' access to real-time health information- when and where they need it most using health information sharing and direct messaging. 

We encourage you to sign up today, to share your VA health record with your participating community care provider!  Learn more about how the Veterans Health Information Exchange Program is simplifying Veteran healthcare at www.va.gov/vler.

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Housing Can't Fix the Racial Wealth Gap

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
In This Issue: YIMBYs and Affordable Housers Should Agree on This ● Organizers: There’s No Shortcut to Success ● The Housing Market Can't Fix the Racial Wealth Gap ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● Industry News +
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
White wealth realized through homeownership was so disproportionately large because segregated white communities were able to hoard resources at the expense of other communities. So why do we think that’s replicable now? Read Full Article
Peter Cohen and Fernando Martí, San Francisco Council of Community Housing Organizations
On the heels of California’s divisive SB 827, here are some ways to tackle exclusionary housing policies that everyone should be able to agree on… Read Full Article
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Shelterforce Staff
Multi-Unit Housing | Commercial Rent Control | Housing Vouchers | Vacant Space and Health | Potential Credit Help | And More Quick Takes From Our Editors
Review by Jerry Kloby, former director, Institute for Community Studies
In a new book about organizing today’s social movements, Jane McAlevey asserts that “the greatest damage to our movements today has been the shift in the agent of change from rank-and-file workers and ordinary people to… Read Full Article
Events

TODAY! Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. ET | National League of Cities (NLC) Culture of Health Web Forum Series and Report Release: Advancing City-Level Healthy Housing Policies in Lead and Asthma | Cities across the country face housing stock riddled with lead and asthma hazards. NLC, partnering with the George Washington University and the JPB Foundation, host this interactive webinar detailing the report’s findings and strategies for progress.

TODAY! Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. ET | Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Through Community-Driven Solutions | ChangeLab Solutions offers this webinar to discuss how local governments can promote public participation and community engagement in law and policy changes. This is the final webinar in the Building Healthy, Equitable Communities series. For full series info, click here.
Industry News
The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions Has Changed Its Name to Inclusiv | The new name reflects the focus of the association and its members on financial inclusion. Read the full announcement here.
Boston Community Capital Has Changed its Name to BlueHub Capital | The CDFI started in Boston in 1985, and got national attention for its work in response to the foreclosure crisis. The name change reflects the organization’s shift from local/regional work to a national scope. Read more.
Resource

Mike Loftin of Homewise reviewed Navigating Community Development, by Robert O. Zdenek and Dee Walsh, for Shelterforce earlier this year. The book is now available at a lower cost in paperback
You Said It!

A significant part of the history (of a controversial CA ruling) is the Palmer case, which ruled that rental inclusionary was illegal rent control…so cities couldn't do inclusionary at all for rental developments. Only fees. Suggested reading… —Peter Brownell, via Twitter thread

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