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Membership in the Council

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council brings together thousands of health care professionals, medical respite care providers, people with lived experience of homelessness, and advocates. There are three options for Council membership:

Organizational Membership in the Council provides unique opportunities to network, collaborate, and advocate alongside an expansive group of leaders and professionals who work every day at the intersection of homelessness and health care. Organizational Members also are afforded special cost savings opportunities and help to guide the Council’s priorities as we work together to meet the challenges in our communities.

Individual Membership is your way to access the Council’s communications, get involved in our advocacy and research, serve on Council committees, and contribute to setting the strategic direction of the Council. Individual Membership is open to all professionals, students, and consumers.

Corporate Affiliation is an opportunity for entities that are for-profit to connect with Health Care for the Homeless leaders from across the country, to glean insight on insiders’ priorities and needs, and to team with atop national advocate on behalf of our neighbors without homes.

Are you a first-time organizational member?

First-time organizational members (those who have never been members or have not been members for at least two years) pay only $500 for the first year. Commit to a second year of membership within 45 days and pay only $500 for the second year as well. Contact Andrea Crowe for more information about this special offer!

Our Mission

Grounded in human rights and social justice, the NHCHC mission is to build an equitable, high-quality health care system through training, research, and advocacy in the movement to end homelessness.

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Have questions about the Council or need more information?

Contact the Council’s Advancement Coordinator Andrea Crowe with questions.

NHCHC Media Experts: COVID-19

To request an interview with a National Health Care for the Homeless Council staff or community member, contact Terri Woodmore, Communications Manager.

Council Staff

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Tineciaa Harris MSPH, MS

Clinical and Quality Improvement Manager

Tineciaa works to improve the clinical environment in health centers broadly through education, training, technical assistance, and policy with a focus on quality improvement. Tineciaa operates on the national level in frequent partnership with both federal and non-profit organizations and leads initiatives that seek to improve health outcomes for people experiencing homelessness.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Courtney Pladsen, DNP, FNP-BC, RN

Director of Clinical and Quality Improvement

Courtney Pladsen 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.

Bobby Watts

Bobby Watts, MPH, MS

Chief Executive Officer

Bobby Watts has 30 years of experience in administration, direct service, and implementation of homeless health services, beginning as a live-in counselor at the New York City Rescue Mission. He spent most of his career prior to joining the Council at Care for the Homeless, which operates clinics and shelters and conducts policy analysis and advocacy in New York City.

HCH Community Experts

 

Kristie Hartig, MSN, RN, PHN, CWOCN
Topeka, KS

Erin Ryan, MSW, MPH
Senior Vice President, The Night Ministry
Chicago, IL

Return to main Experts Guide page

 

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