2024 Philip W. Brickner Award – Call for Nominations

We invite you to nominate yourself, a colleague or a program participant for the Philip W. Brickner National Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who have significantly strengthened services and/or advocacy to address the health status of people without homes. At Saint Vincent’s Hospital Department of Community Medicine in New York City in the 1960s, Dr. Brickner pioneered the use of multi-disciplinary teams and outreach medicine to engage hard-to-reach populations and bring them into quality health care.

The model of care was replicated in the 19-city Robert Wood Johnson/Pew Memorial Trust Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Demonstration Program announced in December 1983, which Dr. Brickner directed. Through Dr. Brickner’s advocacy, this Demonstration Program became the model for the federal Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program created through the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act in 1987, which now comprises 300 health centers across the United States.

Whom Should I Nominate?

We encourage nominations of hands-on providers, administrators, funders, and community partners. Competitive nominees will be mid-to-late career professionals whose demonstrable work is characterized by:

  • Commitment to social justice
  • Compassion
  • Innovation
  • Impact
  • Intellect
  • Humility/servant leadership
  • Inclusiveness/teamwork/collaboration
  • Persistence

Nomination Requirements

Only Individual Members of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council or employees of Organizational Members are eligible to be nominated or to submit nominations. Please contact Chelsea Hensley to check your membership status.

Eligibility is not restricted to health center executives, and may include clinicians, consumers, program directors, or others. The significance and impact of the nominees’ work supersede their discipline.

Self-nomination is acceptable and encouraged.

Nomination Process

  • Online nomination form
  • Letter of Support from a peer or coworker
  • Current CV or resume of the nominee
  • Digital photo of nominee to be used at the Award Ceremony at the Annual Conference, if selected.

Election Process

  • The Advancement Committee will prepare a slate of nominees considering the need for diversity of discipline, geographic location, and demography among those candidates who are interested, available, and qualified.
  • The Board of Directors will select the Awardee during a Board Meeting.
  • Applications will be kept on file for two years for future consideration.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations must be received by February 29, 2024. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.

2024 Philip W. Brickner Award Nomination Form

Nominations are now closed.

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