Special session: HCH pioneers explore the past and address the future of HCH

Friday, June 3, 2016: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Pavilion Ballroom West (Hilton Portland)
Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) began as a national demonstration program that started in 1985, was replicated in the 1987 McKinney Act, and now serves over 850,000 people experiencing homelessness each year through 270 federally funded health centers. Over three decades, the National HCH Council has gathered the interests of health care professionals, researchers, advocates and people without homes into a respected, coherent and principled movement that insists upon accessible, quality care and the human right to housing and health care.

In this interactive session, long-time leaders in HCH will explore the vision and values with which we started, the evolution of the model of care, our impact to date, and the future of HCH in a rapidly evolving health care environment.

Registration for this significant session, occurring on Friday morning during the Learning Labs period, is FREE for those who have been involved in homelessness for 20 years or more (automatically calculated with on-line registration), and $50 for all others. Participation is limited to the first 125 registrants.

Barbara Conanan, RN, MS (Community Medicine Program Director, NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers)
Jim O'Connell, MD (Founder, Boston Health Care for the Homeless)
Jean Hochron, MPH (Community member, N/A)
Vincent A Keane, Mdiv (President/CEO, Unity Health Care, Inc)
John Parvensky, J.D. (President, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless)
Ed Blackburn, MA (Executive Director, Central City Concern)
Bobby Watts, MPH, MS, CPH (Executive Director, Care for the Homeless)
Heidi Nelson, MHSA (CEO, Duffy Health Center)
Kevin Lindamood, MSW (President & CEO, Health Care for the Homeless)
Jennifer L. Metzler, MPH (Executive Director, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, Inc.)
Barbara DiPietro, PhD (Senior Director of Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council)
Gary Cobb (Community Outreach Coordinator, Central City Concern)
Sharon Brammer, CRNP (Program Director, Franklin Primary Health Center)
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