Fall Training Symposium Schedule
|9-10 a.m.||Plenary: Current Health Care Reform Landscape|
|10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.||Workshops:
|11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.||Lunch (offsite)|
|2:45-4 p.m.||Closing Plenary: What Do We Need to Do to End Homelessness?|
9-10 a.m.: Opening Plenary
National and Local Landscape on Health and Housing
Health centers are facing increasing challenges of providing care to those with opioid addiction, supporting vulnerable people in housing, and leading organizations through a changing environment. This opening panel will provide an overview of current activities at the federal level related to health care and housing, as well as talk about trends among states that impact people who are homeless and those that serve them. This conversation will set the stage for the day’s events where we will dive into these challenges while providing tools and strategies for overcoming them, to include using data and storytelling to engage a wide range of stakeholders in solutions to improve access and quality of care.
Barbara DiPietro, PhD, Senior Director of Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Baltimore, MD and Alan Pruhs, Executive Director, Association for Utah Community Health, Salt Lake City, UT
10:15-11:45 a.m.: Workshops
Clinical Challenges in Opioid Treatment
In this panel session, we will discuss the current challenges clinicians are facing in treating the opioid substance abuse crisis. Our presenters cover a variety of programs with varying levels of resources and will present their challenges and triumphs in opioid treatment delivery. Some topics include medication assisted therapy, detox, overdose prevention, managing complex cases with multiple co-morbidities, harm reduction practices and principles, and policies that either assist or impede the delivery of care.
Eowyn Rieke MD, MPH, Associate Medical Director of Primary Care, Old Town Clinic – Central City Concern, Portland, OR, Brian Bickford, MA, LMHC, Central Mass PATH Team Leader, Eliot CHS Homeless Services, Worcester, MA, and Jessie Gaeta, MD, Medical Director, Barbara McInnis House, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Boston, MA
Advocacy 101: Actions for Justice
Homelessness is a direct result of failed policies. As a health care community that serves the most vulnerable patients, we understand that change is needed to reduce poverty and prevent homelessness. Advocacy is the process through which we create this change. The National HCH Council has partnered with the Tennessee Justice Center to bring you a session to demystify the basics of advocacy. This session will cover what advocacy means, what it takes to be an effective advocate, the importance of provider and consumer engagement in advocacy, and legal limitations on advocacy for non-profits and health centers. The session will also cover strategies for engaging in advocacy with on the ground examples, and the universal solutions we need to end homelessness. You will walk away from this session with a better understanding of advocacy and how you can influence change and policy development.
Regina Reed, MPH, Health Policy Organizer, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Baltimore, MD and Keila Franks, Field Director, Tennessee Justice Center, Nashville, TN
Illustrating HCH Value through Performance and Growth Trends
A dialogue with Capital Link to highlight how HCH Grantees demonstrate value through performance. Discussions around high performer profiles for health center grantees and financial strength training. This session is meant to provide insight on how the HCH community influences care from a national perspective. Capital Link will provide ideas on how to grow services and operations by illustrating high drivers of performance and strategies to increase quality of care through trend analysis.
Jonathan Chapman, MBA, Director of Community Health Center Advisory Services, Capital Link, Boston, MA
1-2:30 p.m.: Workshops
Clinical Challenges in Housing
There are a variety of clinical challenges our clients encounter while transitioning into housing, from substance use and behavioral health needs to managing chronic disease while in housing. In this session, we will discuss the most common of these challenges, strategies employed to overcome them, and policy and practice recommendations to strengthen the housing first model. Through case vignettes and group discussion, this session is a place to learn from one another.
Lawanda Williams MSW, LCSW-C, Director of Housing Services, Health Care for the Homeless, Baltimore, MD and Nolan Nelson, MSSW, Health Care for the Homeless Supervisor, Family Health Centers, Inc., Louisville, KY
Activating your Inner Aesop: Sharing Stories with Passion and Emotion
Everyone has a story. Sharing those stories has the power to build empathy, connect people, and change perspectives. Storytelling allows us to share our personal experiences to move discussions of homelessness and health care from a focus on individual failures towards discussions aimed at solutions to the larger root causes of poverty and illness. This workshop will feature an advocate, a consumer, and a development administrator who will share lessons from NCAB’s Storytelling Guide with the aim of improving how the HCH community better educates others about preventing and ending homelessness.
Katherine Cavanaugh MSW, Consumer Advocate, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Baltimore, MD, Maureen Neal CFRE, COO Advancement, Daily Planet Health Services, Richmond, VA and Amy Grassette, OB Scheduler, Family Health Center, Worcester, MA
Leadership in Challenging Times
In a rapidly changing environment, leading organizations can be a real challenge. Budgets, staff and patient needs, operational requirements, Board members, and community stakeholders combine with an increasing need to demonstrate value of care, participate in local and state initiatives, improve health, and put out the inevitable fires that occur. The result can be dispiriting at best and destabilizing at worst. HCH Community leaders will facilitate this roundtable discussion designed to identify common issues and think strategically about how the HCH Community responds effectively to an ever-changing environment.
Kevin Lindamood, MSW, President and Chief Executive Officer, Health Care for the Homeless, Baltimore, MD, Jennifer L. Metzler, MPH, Executive Director, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, and Bakari Burns, MPH, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Health Care Center for the Homeless, Inc., Orlando, FL
2:45-4 p.m.: Closing Plenary
What Do We Need to Do to End Homelessness?
Mayors in cities across the nation have announced “states of emergency” over homelessness. Housing instability has hit an all-time high in some of the largest urban communities in the U.S., and a casual walk through many areas reveals a staggering number of people experiencing homelessness. A great disconnect exists. This workshop will help clinicians, providers and administrators sort through the facts, figures and media to determine critical paths to truly end homelessness. This workshop will include a moderated discussion with key thought-leaders in the homelessness community that unites the day’s discussions and focuses on overcoming our challenges together.
Brandon Clark, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Circle the City, Phoenix, AZ, Debbian Fletcher-Blake, APRN, FNP, Independent Health Care Consultant, New York, NYValarie Dowell, BA, National Consumer Advisory Board Peer Advocate, Cincinnati Health Network, Cincinnati, OH, and Bobby Watts, MPH, MS, CPH, Chief Executive Officer, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Nashville, TN
Moderated by Barbara DiPietro, PhD, Senior Director of Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Baltimore, MD