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2020 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 an organization that has made a profound impact in their community through the delivery or advancement of medical respite care. The award is presented annually at the National Health Care for the Homeless Conference*

Nominations for the 2020 award must be received by March 1st, 2020.

Award Criteria

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of medical respite care by an organization as determined by their impact on improved health and quality of life for people experiencing homelessness. Contributions to the field can include (but are not limited to) clinical care, program development, policy change, advocacy, community collaboration, or innovations in research.

Nomination Materials

  • Nomination Form
  • Letter of support from a client or professional associate of the nominee

Selection Process

  • The Respite Care Providers Network will review all nominations and select the award recipient based on the stated criteria.
  • Staff will notify all nominators of selection results at least six weeks before the award presentation.

Please email all nomination materials to Julia Dobbins. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.

*Nominees should plan to attend the National Health Care for the Homeless Conference to receive the award in person. Travel and lodging accommodations will be provided.

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