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Media Experts: Health Equity

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

Council Staff

Alaina Boyer, PhD

Director of Research

Alaina Boyer 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.

 

Barbara DiPietro

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.

 

D. Michael Durham, MTS

Community Engagement  Manager

Michael Durham 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.

 

Tineciaa Harris, MSPH, MS

Clinical and Quality Improvement Manager

Tineciaa Harris works to improve the clinical environment in health centers broadly through education, training, technical assistance, and policy with a focus on quality improvement. She 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.

 

Darlene Jenkins, DrPH

Senior Director of Programs

Darlene Jenkins directs and coordinates the program areas of the Council and supports the work of the research, clinical and quality, and community engagement teams. As a public health practitioner, registered dietitian, and certified health education specialist, she provides training and technical assistance in the areas of health equity, social determinants of health, and diabetes prevention and management.

 

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.

 

Regina Reed, MPH

Health Policy Manager

Regina Reed 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.

 

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

Ellen Bassuk, MD
Founder, C4 Innovations
Needham, MA

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

Brett Dennis-Duke, MA
Researcher/Mental Health Specialist, Harvard University/Edward Thomas House Medical Respite
Seattle, WA

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

Kristie Hartig, MSN, RN, PHN, CWOCN, CNE
Registered Nurse and Community Volunteer
Topeka, KS

Walter Herres
Founder & CEO, SHILO (Supporting the Homeless Innovatively Loving Others)
Edison, NJ

Eric Hunter
Videographer/Photographer, Ebenezer Baptist Church

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

Brenda Konkel, JD
Executive Director, Madison Area Care for the Homeless
Madison, WI

Randle Loeb, MDiv, MS
People’s Advocacy Council, Stout Street Health Center, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO

David Peery, JD
Chair, Consumer Advisory Board, Camillus Health Concern
Miami, FL

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