Pre-Conference Institutes

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


Medical Respite Pre-conference Institute

This pre-conference institute is full. 

Each year, the Respite Care Providers’ Network (RCPN) Steering Committee plans a full-day institute to discuss trending issues related to medical respite care. This year’s institute will include panels, presentations, interactive discussion and role play and will be of interest to both clinicians and administrators engaged in the provision of medical respite care. Attendees who are new to medical respite care will participate in a breakout session in which panelists will share information about their program models, budgets, and partnerships with hospitals. Attendees who are more seasoned will be interested in a more advanced breakout session to discuss shifts in financing for medical respite care and the provision of end of life care in medical respite programs. To change things up, both beginners and advanced participants will come back together to participate in discussion and educational role play on pain management and milieu (group setting) management in the medical respite setting. Opportunities for networking will be incorporated throughout the day to facilitate information sharing among attendees.

PresentersPaul Gregerson, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, JWCH, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; Sabrina Edgington, MSSW, Director of Special Projects, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Nashville, TN; Jennifer Nelson-Seals, MSHRM, Executive Director, Interfaith House, Chicago, IL; Rhonda Hauff, BA, COO, Deputy CEO, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, Yakima, WA; Brandon Clark, MBA, CEO, Circle the City, Phoenix, AZ; Ed Dwyer O’Connor, RN, BS, Manager of Downtown Programs, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA; Paul Leon, RN, PHN, Founder and CEO, Illumination Foundation, Irvine, CA; Adele O’Sullivan, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Circle the City, Phoenix, AZ; Leslie Enzian, MD, Medical Director, Edward Thomas House, Seattle, WA; Adele O’Sullivan, MN, RN, Founder, Inland Northwest Transitional Respite Program, Spokane, WA; Chauna Brocht, LCSW-C, MA, Coordinator of Health Initiatives, Health Care for the Homeless, Baltimore;  Rebecca Doughty, MN, RN, Founder, Inland Northwest Transitional Respite Program, Spokane, Washington; Director of Medical Services, Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington; Brooks Ann McKinney, MSW, Director of Medical Respite and Safety Net Provider Relations, Mission Health and Hospitals, Asheville, NC; Kathleen Saunders, NP, Associate Medical Director, Barbara McInnis House, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Project, Boston, MA

Congressional B


Cultural Humility and Vulnerable Populations

This pre-conference institute is full. 

Understanding the cultural elements that influence an individual’s beliefs surrounding health, healing, wellness, illness, disease, and the delivery of health services is key to the provision of patient-centered care especially when working with vulnerable populations.  This full-day training is designed to help participants explore key principles of cultural humility and the concept of mutual respect in delivering health services to individuals experiencing homelessness. They will explore the principles of cultural humility and how it is different from cultural competency. Presentations will focus on subpopulations within the homeless community which include: LGBTQ youth and older adult populations. Special emphasis will be placed on developing skills through case studies, interactive activities, and small group discussions.

Presenters: Melanie Tervalon, MD, MPH, Consultant, San Francisco, CA; Jennifer Robinson, Community Health Worker, Lincoln Health Care for the Homeless Clinic, Durham, NC; Susan Childs, Community Health Worker, Duffy Health Center, Hyannis, MA; Diane Tanaka, MD, Medical Director, MyVoice Transition Clinic  and High Risk Youth Program, Division of Adolescent Medicine Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, CA; Staci Hirsch, PsyD, Program Supervisor, Neighborhood Services Organization, Bridges Supportive Housing Program, Detroit, MI; Darlene Jenkins, DrPH, Senior Director of Programs, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Nashville, TN

Congressional CD


From Health Care to Housing: Maximizing Medicaid for People Who Are Homeless

Medicaid expansion has brought many changes to homeless health care providers and those they serve. This pre-conference institute will feature in-depth discussions among federal officials, national partners and members of the HCH community to identify the opportunities presented by expansion (and how to maximize them) as well as to acknowledge the new challenges being created (and how to overcome them). Topics will include the advocacy needed to ensure all states expand Medicaid, the options states can adopt to add benefits or extend Medicaid into supportive housing and other care venues, the role of traditional safety net funding, and new care delivery systems that focus on new payment methodologies. Participants will gain a better understanding of the major issues facing providers and policymakers alike, identify priority areas for further attention, and inform the Council’s policy and advocacy agenda moving forward. Come to this session to raise issues and learn more about the many facets of Medicaid important to the HCH community.

This session will be a roundtable discussion among invited participants, with opportunities for Q&A and broader discussion with the audience. 

Moderator: Barbara DiPietro, PhD, Director of Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Baltimore, MD



Self-Care is Quality Care

Helping professionals are at risk of experiencing issues that mirror those of the traumatized clients we serve. Research demonstrates the dangerous impact on physical and emotional health when exposure to trauma is combined with a stressful work environment. Knowledge is the best defense against burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. This daylong training goes further than other self-care trainings by addressing the critical elements of health to enhance productivity and quality of work on both an individual and organizational level. Utilizing research in neurobiology, psychology and business, this training provides skills for those in direct care to be more effective and efficient at work, allowing for the highest level of services possible.

Presenter: Matthew Bennett, MBA, MA, Chief Innovations Officer, Coldspring Center, Nederland, CO

Congressional A