2017 Willie J. Mackey National Medical Respite Award
Participants in medical respite programs have emphasized the importance of dedicated and compassionate staff not only to physical recovery, but in many cases, to longer-term health and housing stability. To honor the work of medical respite staff, leaders, and advocates, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and Respite Care Providers’ Network (RCPN) are accepting nominations for the newly named Willie J. Mackey National Medical Respite Award. This award is named in honor of the late Willie J. Mackey, a dedicated member of the RCPN Steering Committee and a fierce advocate for medical respite care. This award recognizes those who have delivered outstanding medical respite services as well as those who have promoted medical respite programs in their communities or nationally.
The Willie J. Mackey National Medical Respite Award recognizes outstanding contribution to the field of medical respite care by a person/team/agency as determined by their impact on improved health and quality of life for people experiencing homelessness. Contributions in the field can include (but are not limited to) clinical care, program development, policy change, advocacy, community collaboration, or innovations in research.
If you know of a person, team, or agency that has made a profound impact in your community through the delivery or advancement of medical respite care, please consider submitting a nomination to have their work recognized nationally.
The awardee (or one representative from an awardee team or organization) will receive an all-inclusive package to attend the 2017 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference and Policy Symposium in Washington, DC. The package includes a waived conference fee, 3 nights at the Grand Hyatt Washington, and reimbursement for travel expenses.
A task force of the RCPN Steering Committee will select the award recipient and present the award during the National Health Care for the Homeless Conference and Policy Symposium, June 21-24, 207 in Washington, DC. The deadline for submissions closed on Friday, March 24, 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Julia Dobbins, Project Manager