Alaina Boyer, PhD
Director of Research
Alaina Boyer provides oversight and guidance for the research activities of the 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, 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.
Julia Dobbins, MSW
Director of Medical Respite
Julia Dobbins leads our work on medical respite/recuperative care, assisting medical respite/recuperative care programs at all stages of development in communities of all sizes on matters of program design, financing, and best practices. She provides guidance and oversight for medical respite/recuperative care activities, including training, technical assistance, and resource and program development. She is the staff liaison to the Respite Care Providers’ Network (RCPN) and coordinates and facilitates the activities of the RCPN Steering Committee.
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.
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.
HCH Community Experts
Ellen Bassuk, MD
Founder, C4 Innovations
Leslie Enzian, MD
Medical Director, Edward Thomas House Medical Respite, Harborview Medical Center
Jay Levy, MSW, LICSW
Regional Manager, Eliot Community Human Service
David Peery, JD
Chair, Consumer Advisory Board, Camillus Health Concern
Christine Zacchei, MSS, LCSW
Behavioral Health Consultant, Project HOME, Healthcare Services Department