John N. Lozier Scholarship for New Members
Launched in 2017, the John N. Lozier Scholarship for New Members is an award honoring the legacy of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s founding Executive Director, who retired in December 2016. The scholarship supports the registration fee, lodging, and related costs up to $1,000 for one individual to attend the annual National HCH Conference & Policy Symposium (i.e. $1,000 minus the cost of all registration fees will be reimbursed to your agency with proper documentation).
In addition to honoring Mr. Lozier, the purpose of this scholarship is to inspire health care professionals to sustain the HCH movement initiated by Mr. Lozier and other pioneers in the 1980s.
Applications are due by March 1st, 2020!
Eligible applicants must meet two criteria:
- You are employed by an Organizational Member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, and
- you have never attended any previous national conference hosted by the National HCH Council.
While there are no age restrictions, strong applicants will be early-to-mid-career professionals with relatively little experience in Health Care for the Homeless. The review committee may also give preference to applicants belonging to new Organizational Members of the Council.
To apply, please: (1) fill out the online Individual Membership Application to make sure we have your personal contact information (even if you think we already have it), and (2) email the following materials to Rick Brown, Communications Manager, by midnight Central Time on March 1, 2020:
- CV or Résumé
- A 250-1,000-word essay that relates your day-to-day work to human rights principles and the dignity of people experiencing homelessness
- One letter of recommendation from your supervisor or co-worker describing your passion for the work
- Completed and signed Reimbursement Agreement Form.
A nominating subcommittee will be appointed by the Advancement Committee of the Board to review applications and submit a slate for the Committee’s review. Applicants will be notified of their application’s success at least six weeks prior to the 2019 National Conference.
The Council thanks Dr. Seth Ammerman, a longtime and committed “HCHer” based in San Francisco, for his generosity in providing the funding for this scholarship. To learn about investing in this scholarship to expand it to additional recipients, please contact Brenda Wright. If you are interested in this scholarship, but your organization is not a member, join the Council for just $500. Contact Bobby Watts for more information.
Rachel Murphy, First Nations Community HealthSource (2019)
Rachel Murphy, a nurse practitioner at First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, NM, is the recipient of the Lozier Scholarship. Murphy is the medical lead for her organization’s Homeless Outreach Program, which provides critical services to vulnerable populations in New Mexico, including Native Americans without homes. Having worked to expand First Nations’ homeless outreach team and to implement the use of hepatitis C and suboxone treatment in her clinic, Murphy is a highly respected member of her organization who works to ensure that all her clients have access to excellent care.
Dean Williams, Neighborcare Health (2018)
Dean Williams, a community health worker with Neighborcare Health Homeless Youth Clinic in Seattle, WA, is the recipient of the 2018 John N. Lozier Scholarship for New Members. Having experienced homelessness himself in Seattle, Williams now conducts street and community outreach to help youth without homes connect with vital services. He also works on projects to improve patients’ experience in his clinic, in addition to tabling at drop-ins. Known locally as the “Dragon Ball Z guy” or “the guy with the orange hat,” Williams works every day to build relationships with youth and give back to his community.
Jennifer Bradford, MD, Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program (2017)
Dr. Jennifer Bradford completed her medical training at UMass Worcester Family Medicine program in 2013 and went on to earn her Master of Public Health while completing a Preventive Medicine Residency in 2015. Dr. Bradford has had a multifaceted and dynamic medical career. She provides primary care at the Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program in Worcester, MA; delivers medication-assisted treatment though Spectrum Health Systems; and serves as faculty in the UMass Preventive Medicine Residency.
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