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Media Experts: Outdoor Encampments

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Cindy Manginelli, BS

Director of Community Engagement

Cindy Manginelli 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.

 

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

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

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

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