HCH 2022 Conference Materials
Philip W. Brickner National Leadership AwardThis award honors the late Dr. Philip W. Brickner, heralded as the founder of the HCH movement. The award recognizes an individual who has significantly strengthened service and advocacy addressing the health status of people without homes.
Vincent KeaneVincent Keane retired as president and chief executive officer of Unity Health Care in Washington, D.C., in December 2021. In addition to his responsibilities for Unity Health Care, he has been actively involved in the development of national health care policy as it addresses the needs of the medically under-served and poor communities. Last year, Unity served 101,000 individual patients and generated more than 500,000 patient visits. Since coming to the United States from Ireland in 1969, Keane has been
involved in the non-profit sector including work in the Catholic Diocese of
Arlington providing social services and pastoral care within several parish
communities. From 1987 to 1990 he served as director of development for the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). In 1990 he became executive director of Health Care for the Homeless Project (HCHP) Washington, D.C., which later became Unity Health Care, Inc.
In nominating Keane for this award, it was stated that his “commitment to improving health access and health equity in DC is simultaneously a commitment to racial equity in a city where poverty, homelessness and poor health outcomes disproportionately affect black and brown communities.”