Two executive directors of health care for the homeless projects will explore the critical connections between quality, mission, values, and vision during the upcoming Leadership for Changing Times: Beyond Health Care Reform pre-conference institute at the 2013 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference. Doreen Fadus and Bobby Watts will share their experiences, challenges, and methods of creating a shared mission, vision, and values set for quality improvement and better outcomes for patients and staff.
Doreen Fadus has worked with homeless populations in employment, education, and healthcare programs for the past 22 years. As the executive director of Community Health at Mercy Medical Center, Fadus is responsible for the HCH program, the Vietnamese Health Project, and Mass Health Community Outreach. The HCH program follows a nursing model of health care and provides primary care services onsite at 46 shelters, soup kitchens, job placement sites, and transitional programs. Fadus’s community involvement has been demonstrated by her participation in many diverse boards and groups including Friends of the Homeless board and Dress for Success.
Bobby Watts is the executive director of Care for the Homeless in New York. Watts has more than 25 years of experience in direct service, administration, management, development, and implementation of health and social service programs with and for homeless, mentally ill, HIV-positive, and substance-abusing populations. Under his leadership, Care for the Homeless has added major new programs and grown rapidly. Recognized as an expert in homeless health care, Watts is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, which strengthens and represents homeless health care providers across the country.
The Leadership for Changing Times pre-conference institute will be held Wednesday, March 13. The 2013 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference and Policy Symposium will run Thursday through Saturday, March 14-16, in Washington, D.C.