Clinicians’ Network Steering Committee Nominations

2017-18 Call for Nominations

DSC_0103Nominate yourself or a fellow clinician for a position on the Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network Steering Committee. Consisting of 15 Network members, the Steering Committee is responsible for contributing to the clinical agenda for the National HCH Council. To accomplish this work, the Steering Committee meets monthly by teleconference and twice a year in person—at the NHCHC headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, during October and at the National Health Care for the Homeless Conference (location and date vary by year).

Steering Committee positions are open to any Clinicians’ Network member who has been a member for at least one year. The network membership will elect successful candidates during the annual membership meeting to serve a three-year term (July 2017 – June 2020) with possible reelection to a second three-year term. Please take advantage of this opportunity to nominate a clinician to collaborate with other clinical leaders and participate in the work of the Clinicians’ Network and the National HCH Council.

Whom Should I Nominate?

We encourage applications from current hands-on providers in any discipline, especially social workers, oral health providers, mental health specialists, substance abuse specialists, and outreach workers.

We especially encourage applications from providers who have a personal history of homelessness.


If you have questions about the nominations process, please contact Lily Catalano at

Nominations Process

  • Any Clinicians’ Network member may nominate candidate(s) for election to the Steering Committee.
  • All candidates must be currently providing hands-on care to people experiencing homelessness.
  • The candidate must have been a member of the Clinicians’ Network for at least one year by the time of his or her election to the Steering Committee. Ideally, candidates will have experience on one of the network’s many committees, work groups, or task forces.
  • Self-nomination by members is acceptable and encouraged.
  • Each candidate must have potential to chair a working committee and become a Clinicians’ Network officer.

Application Process

Interested candidates must complete and submit the following materials by the March 24, 2016, deadline:

  1. Nomination Form
  2. Letter explaining why the candidate wishes to serve on the Steering Committee (including assurance of regular participation in monthly Steering Committee conference calls and face-to-face meetings)
  3. Letter of approval from the candidate’s superior giving approval for the candidate’s participation in Steering Committee activities
  4. Current resume or curriculum vitae

Elections Process

  • The Membership Committee will prepare a slate of Steering Committee nominees considering the need for diversity of clinical discipline, geographic location, and demography among those candidates who are interested, available, and qualified.
  • The membership will elect network members to the Steering Committee during the annual Clinicians’ Network membership meeting, which is in conjunction with the National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium.

Term of Office

  • Each Steering Committee member is elected to serve a three-year term.
  • Members of the Steering Committee may serve two full consecutive terms, if elected by the network membership.
  • After a one-year absence from the Steering Committee, a member may be elected to the Steering Committee again.
  • Steering Committee members assume office upon completion of the annual network membership meeting.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • The Steering Committee is the governing body of the Clinicians’ Network; it manages, controls, and directs the affairs of the membership.
  • Steering Committee members are subject to network bylaws and the board of directors of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
  • Steering Committee members are expected to serve on at least one working committee, participate in monthly committee conference calls, and complete committee assignments.
  • Members are expected to attend all Steering Committee meetings (i.e. two meetings annually).
  • Members are asked to recruit at least two new members to the Clinicians’ Network annually.
  • The National HCH Council covers conference call expenses and reimburses travel expenses to the fall meeting in Nashville.
  • Steering Committee members serve without compensation.

Removal of Members from the Steering Committee

  • A Steering Committee member is subject to removal when he or she is no longer providing health care services to individuals who are homeless.
  • A Steering Committee member may be removed from office with just cause by consensus of the Steering Committee. Just cause includes, but is not limited to, recorded absence at three consecutive committee conference calls or three consecutive Steering Committee meetings.
  • If the Steering Committee determines that any member is obstructive to the progress or well being of the Clinicians’ Network, the remaining Steering Committee members may remove said member by consensus decision.
  • All Steering Committee transactions will be conducted in a manner to avoid any conflict of interest.