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Media Experts: COVID-19 Vaccination

To request an interview with one of our staff or community experts, contact Terri Woodmore, NHCHC Communications Manager.

Council Staff

Hugo Aguas, MA

Research Associate

Hugo Aguas works with the research team to research health outcomes using data driven methodologies. He collaborates with other community health partners throughout the country to develop educational materials pertaining to medical care for those experiencing homelessness; disseminates data; and provides ease-of-access to community partners throughout the nation.

 

Barbara DiPietro, PhD

Senior Director of Policy

Barbara DiPietro 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.

 

Katie League, LCSW-C

COVID-19 Project Manager

Katie League 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, MPH, MS

Chief Executive Officer

Bobby Watts is the chief executive officer of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, which supports Health Care for the Homeless programs and medical respite providers with training, technical assistance, sharing of best practices, research, publications, and an active policy and advocacy program working to eliminate homelessness. He 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. In February 2021, he was appointed as a member of the Biden-Harris Administration’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

 

Bobby Watts, CEO

HCH Community Experts

Kelly Bruno, MSW
President & CEO, National Health Foundation
Los Angeles, CA

Josephine Ensign, DrPH, RN, ARNP
Professor, University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Frances Isbell, MS
CEO, Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston
Houston, TX

David Modersbach
Grants Manager, Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless Program
Oakland, CA

Natalia Rodriguez, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Public Health, Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN

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

Elizabeth Torkington, BSN, RN, PHN
Street Health Outreach Director, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center
Oakland, CA

Christine Zacchei, MSS, LCSW
Behavioral Health Consultant, Project HOME, Healthcare Services Department
Philadelphia, PA