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Our Staff

The principal office of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council is in Nashville, Tennessee. Staff and contractors pursue our ambitious agenda in research, training, education, organizing, and advocacy from offices in various locations. Staff members include:

 

 

Bobby Watts

Bobby Watts, MPH, MS, CPH

Chief Executive Officer

G. Robert “Bobby” Watts is the chief executive officer of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and oversees all aspects of the Council’s activity in advocacy, training, technical assistance, research, peer support, organizing, and fund development.

A nationally recognized advocate and leader in meeting the health needs of people without homes, he has more than 25 years of experience in administration, direct service, and implementation of homeless health services. He began his work with people experiencing homelessness as a live-in staff member of the New York City Rescue Mission in Manhattan. Learn more about Bobby.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292 | Email Address: bwatts@nhchc.org

 

Hugo Aguas, MA

Research Associate

Hugo works with the research team to research health outcomes using data driven methodologies, Hugo collaborates with other community health partners throughout the country to develop educational materials pertaining to medical care for those experiencing homelessness. Hugo also disseminates data and provides ease-of-access to community partners throughout the nation, and assists in writing publications and scheduling educational seminars on public health amongst those experiencing homelessness.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292 | Email Address: haguas@nhchc.org

 

Lauryn Berner, MSW, MPH

Research Manager

Lauryn works with the research team to support the Health Care for the Homeless field by developing and disseminating knowledge, increasing visibility of HCH-related research through publications and external collaborations, and providing data-driven support to inter-departmental teams and workgroups. Lauryn serves as the Council’s subject matter expert on housing and HIV, and her work has focused on the social determinants of health.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 230 | Email Address: lberner@nhchc.org

 

 

Alaina Boyer, PhD

Director of Research

Alaina provides oversight and guidance for the research activities of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, which include quality improvement projects and providing educational resources for health care clinics that serve individuals experiencing homelessness. She coordinates and facilitates the Research Committee and Practice Based Research Network initiatives, which are currently focused on improving health outcomes and providing quality care across systems for vulnerable populations.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 233 | Email Address: aboyer@nhchc.org 

 

Lily Catalano, BA

Clinical Manager

Lily coordinates the work of the Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network and develops resources to improve access to and quality of health care for people experiencing homelessness.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 231 | Email Address: lcatalano@nhchc.org

 

 

Katherine Cavanaugh, MSW

Consumer Advocate

Katherine staffs the National Consumer Advisory Board (NCAB), helps to coordinate consumer initiatives, and further develops Council relationships with local Consumer Advisory Boards (CABs).

Contact Information

Phone Number: (443) 703-1320 | Email Address: kcavanaugh@nhchc.org

 

Andrea Crowe, MA

Advancement Coordinator

Andrea maintains the Council's donor and membership database; manages fundraising lists of individuals, organizations, and foundations; and provides a range of administrative services in the areas of philanthropy and member relations.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 234 | Email Address: acrowe@nhchc.org

Brandon de la Cruz, MM

Media and Technology Manager

Brandon manages media-based communication activities for the Council -- including webinars, videography, photography, and music production -- and provides guidance and support for information technology services.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 249 | Email Address: bdelacruz@nhchc.org

Barbara DiPietro, PhD

Senior Director of Policy

Barbara directs the policy and advocacy activities for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. This includes conducting policy analysis, providing educational materials and presentations to a broad range of policymakers and other stakeholders, coordinating the Council’s policy priorities with national partners, and organizing staff assistance to the Policy Committee and the National Consumer Advisory Board.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (443) 703-1346 | Email Address: bdipietro@nhchc.org

 

 

Jennifer Dix, BBA

Communications Coordinator

Jenn provides assistance with the Council’s marketing and branding efforts. This includes supporting effective communication strategies via email communications, newsletters, marketing materials, website content, and social media.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 225 | Email Address: jdix@nhchc.org

 

 

Julia Dobbins, MSW

Director of Medical Respite Care

Julia joined the Council in 2012 and leads our work on medical respite care. She provides guidance and oversight for medical respite activities including training, technical assistance, and resource and program development. Additionally, she is the staff liaison to the Respite Care Providers’ Network (RCPN) and coordinates and facilitates the activities of the RCPN steering committee.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 232 | Email Address: jdobbins@nhchc.org

 

D. Michael Durham, MTS

Community Engagement Manager

Michael is responsible for strategic relationship-building and increasing representation of marginalized communities in all of the Council’s work. Leaning on these relationships, he coordinates the Council’s largely peer-to-peer technical assistance program, which provides support to health centers and other organizations serving people experiencing homelessness. He also supports the CEO in certain racial equity initiatives.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 246 | Email Address: mdurham@nhchc.org

 

 

Dorothy (Dott) Freeman, PhD

Senior Director of Advancement

Dott is the Council's Senior Director of Advancement and has more than 25 years of fundraising experience in a variety of areas, including service-oriented nonprofits, health care, and education. Heading the Council's Advancement Team, she leads our philanthropy, communications, membership, media, and technology initiatives.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (207) 333-8877 | Email Address: dfreeman@nhchc.org

 

 

Melanie Harper, BA, LSSGB

Director of Finance & Administration

Melanie is responsible for oversight of all the financial and administrative functions of the Council and staffs the Finance & Personnel Committee.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 229 | Email Address: mharper@nhchc.org

 

 

Darlene Jenkins, DrPH

Senior Director of Programs

Darlene oversees the work of the Education and Research Teams.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 228 | Email Address: djenkins@nhchc.org

 

 

Joseph Kenkel, BS

Research Assistant

Joey works with the research team to support the Health Care for the Homeless field by developing and disseminating information, increasing visibility of HCH-related research through publications and external collaborations, and improving the HCH field and community’s capacity for quality improvement and engagement in research. Joey also performs activities aimed to increase the knowledge base, skill set, and resources of health center staff engaged in supportive housing initiatives in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH).

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 226 | Email Address: jkenkel@nhchc.org

 

Kelli Klein, BA

Behavioral Health Coordinator

Kelli provides technical assistance and supports the Council’s work on behavioral health and homelessness, focusing on the integration of behavioral health into primary care settings. She works specifically on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Center of Excellence (CoE) for Behavioral Health Technical Assistance (BHTA), which includes the development and execution of webinars and peer learning opportunities through communities of practice.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 247 | Email Address: kklein@nhchc.org

 

Katie League, LCSW-C

COVID-19 Project Manager (Policy Team)

Katie works with the policy team to support the Council’s efforts surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic. She works to identify and promote promising practices, common challenges, and key policy issues faced by the HCH community. 

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292 | Email Address: kleague@nhchc.org

Cindy Manginelli, BS

Director of Community Engagement

Cindy directs the Council’s efforts to engage and create a diverse community of individuals, coalitions, and programs that directly address issues at the intersection of homelessness and health care. She also manages the Council’s ongoing work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the community of those who experience and address homelessness.  

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 239 | Email Address: cmanginelli@nhchc.org

 

Julia Nettles-Clemons, BA 

Administrative Coordinator

Julia has a variety of responsibilities in the areas of finance and administration that include accounts receivable and accounts payable, office maintenance,  clerical work, operations, and database support.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 221| Email Address: jnettles@nhchc.org

Courtney Pladsen, DNP, FNP-BC, RN

Director of Clinical and Quality Improvement

Courtney leads initiatives to improve the delivery of primary care, substance use treatment, and mental health care nationally. She directs training and quality improvement initiatives, and contributes to research and policy recommendations on emerging clinical issues affecting people experiencing homelessness.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292 | Email Address: cpladsen@nhchc.org

 

 

Brett W. PoeBrett Poe, BS

Research Associate

Brett works with the research team to support the Health Care for the Homeless field by developing and disseminating information, increasing visibility of HCH-related research through publications and external collaborations, and providing data-driven support to inter-departmental teams and workgroups.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 242 | Email Address: bpoe@nhchc.org

 

 

Regina ReedRegina Reed, MPH

Health Policy Manager

Regina is responsible for representing the interests of the Council to policymakers and organizational partners in Washington, D.C., working with the Policy Committee to advance the Council’s advocacy agenda, developing policy positions and analyses, and mobilizing member organizations, service providers, and other advocates to end poverty and homelessness.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (443) 703-1337 | Email Address: rreed@nhchc.org

 

 

Caitlin Synovec, OTD, OTR/L, BCMH

Medical Respite Manager

Caitlin is an occupational therapist with clinical experience working with adults experiencing homelessness to improve quality of life and engagement in their preferred communities. As the Medical Respite Manager, she works with the Director of Medical Respite on projects of the National Institute for Medical Respite Care (NIMRC) and the Respite Care Providers’ Network (RCPN).

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292 | Email Address: csynovec@nhchc.org

 

Cecilia Willoughby, BA

Training and Meetings Coordinator

Cecilia manages logistics and educational content for the Council’s major training events, including our annual National Health Care for the Homeless Conference and Policy Symposium, Regional Training, and Governing Membership Meeting. She serves as the point person for these major training events working in concert with the Director of Finance and Administration, Administrators Committee, other staff members, and other stakeholders.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 241 | Email Address: cwilloughby@nhchc.org

Cecilia Willoughby, BA

Training and Meetings Coordinator

Cecilia manages logistics and educational content for the Council’s major training events, including our annual National Health Care for the Homeless Conference and Policy Symposium, Regional Training, and Governing Membership Meeting. She serves as the point person for these major training events working in concert with the Director of Finance and Administration, Administrators Committee, other staff members, and other stakeholders.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 241 | Email Address: cwilloughby@nhchc.org

Terri Woodmore, MS

Communications Manager

As part of the advancement team, Terri develops and coordinates ongoing communications and media strategies, and maintains high-quality communications including mass emails, newsletters, marketing materials, website design and content, social media, and audio/video packages.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 245 | Email Address: twoodmore@nhchc.org

 

Brenda Wright

Executive Assistant

Brenda serves as Executive Assistant to the CEO and is responsible for Board meeting preparation, special projects, and administrative support including scheduling, preparing executive documents and correspondence, managing travel itineraries, maintaining files, and other administrative duties.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (615) 226-2292, Ext. 251 | Email Address: bwright@nhchc.org

Medical Director of Integrated Health Services (Denver, CO)

JOB TITLE:

Medical Director of Integrated Health Services

PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT:

Integrated Health, Medical

REPORTS TO:

Vice President of Integrated Health Services

SUPERVISES:

PCMPs = Primary Care Medical Providers

PRIMARY WORK LOCATION:

Integrated Health

EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION:

Exempt

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE:

Full Time/Exempt/Salaried

LAST REVIEWED:

January 8th, 2021

REVIEWED BY:

Ed Farrell, MD

Coalition Mission

The mission of The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for families, children, and individuals who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness throughout Colorado.

The Coalition advocates for and provides a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, well-being, and stability of those it serves.

Our Philosophy of Service

We believe all people have the right to adequate housing and healthcare. We work to remove the barriers that restrict access to these rights. Society benefits when adequate housing and healthcare are available to everyone.

We create lasting solutions to homelessness by:

  1. Honoring the inherent dignity of those we serve, affirming their capabilities, and fostering their hope that a better life is possible;
  2. Building strong, caring trauma-informed communities through the integration of housing, healthcare, and supportive services;
  3. Advocating for social and racial equity, inclusivity, and diversity and challenging the status quo in partnership with our workforce members and those we serve;
  4. Achieving excellence through continuous quality assurance, innovation, and professional development; and
  5. Using resources judiciously and effectively.

Job Summary

The Medical Director of Integrated Health Services works collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary Care Teams throughout CCH to further our mission and provides integrated primary health care at the Stout Street Health Center and satellite clinics.

Essential Job Functions

Employee must be able to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of self or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Employee will perform job according to applied laws. The essential job functions listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform this job and do not represent an exhaustive list of job functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Professional Oversight:

  1. Responsible for clinical oversight and management of PCMPs across CCH.
  2. Responsible for monitoring and improving provider efficiency, satisfaction, and the effectiveness of care provision.
  3. Ensures that the PCMP team practices in a manner consistent with CCH philosophy of service.
  4. Reviews and co-signs charts for PCMPs as appropriate.
  5. Responsible for hiring and onboarding of new PCMP staff.
  6. Maintains a culture of regular coaching and professional development of all PCMPs, especially the Associate Medical Directors.
  7. Models culture of front-line driven continuous quality improvement.
  8. Addresses client care issues/complaints as needed.

Professional Development:

  1. Ensures regular provider peer review.
  2. Plans and executes regular Continuing Medical Educational and in-service activities.
  3. Provides clinical precepting for medical students and residents as scheduling allows.

Provides Primary Health Care to CCH clients:

  1. Provides direct, high-quality, primary medical care to people experiencing homelessness.
  2. Maintains and enhances a current level of knowledge relevant to professional practice; and continually strives to improve the quality of care.
  3. Facilitates client participation in self-care by providing information and choices in a non-judgmental, respectful manner.
  4. Fosters a work environment that is marked by respect for others, that values inclusiveness, equity, and diversity, and that exemplifies cooperation and teamwork.
  5. Uses the EHR to document clinical care, problem lists, and medications lists effectively and expeditiously.
  6. Record all clinical services in a timely and complete fashion in the EHR.
  7. Maintain up to date records in EHR.
  8. Record telephone and other clinical communications as needed in the EHR.
  9. Manage tasks, PAQ and scanning as needed to have a complete and current chart.
  10. Maintain accurate information regarding client’s insurance status and complete CCARs/DACODs and other clinical authorization documentation as needed.
  11. Utilize the EHR and any future upgrades as directed.
  12. Takes initiative to determine ways to deliver health care in a more compassionate, effective manner.
  13. Collaborates and consults effectively and bi-directionally with all CCH staff, and to identify and address the complex issues which may adversely impact the health of patients.
  14. Maximizes community linkages while acting as advocate for patients.
  15. Leads Quality Improvement and Peer Review activities.

Administration

  1. Participates in Committees and workgroups as appropriate, including Credentialing and Privileging, Morbidity and Mortality, and Pharmacy and Therapeutics, CORE team, and others
  2. Works collaboratively on project development and to develop and implement creative and lasting solutions to challenges of access, quality, communication, and teamwork.
  3. Responsible for regulatory compliance with respect to the medical staff
  4. Works with Medical, Operations, and Nursing leaders to ensure that clinic sites have the staffing to deliver high quality, reliable care.
  5. Works with Integrated Health and other CCH leaders to develop and implement policies and procedures to improve health care delivery and outcomes across CCH.
  6. Maintains effective communication with health, social and other service provider agencies in order to resolve medically related issues for patients
  7. Maintains own administrative schedule, as appropriate.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Work Experience

  1. Current licensure in the State of Colorado as a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner.
  2. Medical Degree, Doctor of Osteopathy, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner training and degree from an accredited school of medicine.
  3. Completion of an accredited Residency Program in the physician’s specialty, or equivalent experience as NP/PA.
  4. Current DEA licensure.
  5. Experience in health care leadership necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Excellent critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  2. Consistently superb customer service skills and excellent interpersonal/assertive communications skills demonstrating a high degree of emotional intelligence.
  3. Knowledge of homeless issues and demonstrated sensitivity to and a desire to work with underserved populations.
  4. Proven clinical competence in the provision of health care in a primary care setting.
  5. Skill in operating office equipment, such as computers, software (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; e-mail; EHR systems) and telephones.
  6. Skill in oral, written and interpersonal communications.
  7. Able to participate as a member of an interdisciplinary team and function effectively with collaborating agencies.
  8. Able to prioritize multiple job responsibilities, work independently, and exercise sound professional judgment.
  9. Able to demonstrate core competency in the Electronic Health Record

Physical Requirements

Percentage of work time spent on activity →

0% – 24%

25% to 49%

50% to 74%

75% to 100%

SEEING: Must be able to read computer screens and printed documents.

 

 

 

X

HEARING: Must be able to hear well enough to communicate with employees and others.

 

 

 

X

STANDING/WALKING

 

X

 

 

CLIMBING/STOOPING/KNEELING

X

 

 

 

LIFTING/PULLING/PUSHING

X

 

 

 

FINGERING/GRASPING/FEELING: Must be able to write, type and use telephones.

 

 

 

X

DRIVING: Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

X

 

 

 

Working Conditions

Works primarily in climate-controlled office environment with frequent interpersonal interactions.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature of work performed. It is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for employees performing this job. Furthermore, this job description does not establish a contract of employment. The Coalition may change job descriptions at any time, with or without notice, as service needs require.

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is committed to delivering services, making employment-related decisions, selecting volunteers and selecting vendors without regard to age over 40, race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, pregnancy, health condition related to pregnancy, military status or any other applicable status protected by law.

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