Reflections & Photos from the 2024 National Conference

05.21.24

This year's National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium was the largest in history, with over 1,100 attendees from across the country—including seven of our very own HCHers! Staff and clients presented on our work ending homelessness here in Baltimore. 

Check out photos and more from the 2024 Conference below.


Staff and clients presented in workshops including:

Unpacking Workplace Violence on BIPOC Health Care Workers

Presented by Tolu Thomas and Lawanda Williams

 


Using Homeless Mortality Data to Drive Policy & Program Change: A Discussion of Local Approaches

Presented by Barbara DiPietro + 3 national partners


Countering Nonprofit Exploitation: A Call for Client Compensation

Presented by Malcolm Williams, Keiren Havens and Mark Council

 

SENIOR CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER MALCOLM WILLIAMS, LCSW-C

"Attending the conference was excellent, as I met many people working diligently to fight against systems that create and uphold homelessness in our society. It was great hearing what other organizations have implemented and want to achieve. The presentation provided an opportunity to discuss the importance of building client compensation policies in organizations that honor the expertise of those with lived experience." 

KEIREN HAVENS, MS-HRD, MTS, CONSULTANT

"I was thrilled to co-present a session called "Countering Nonprofit Exploitation: A Call for Client Compensation" with my former colleague Malcolm Williams, LCSW-C and HCH Board Member Mark Council. Leaders: Use your creativity and persistence to identify and implement (new & different) equitable practices. Get grounded in your values and figure out the way forward to a more just community. You got this!"


 

Housing is Health Care: Leveraging Medicaid Waivers to Strengthen Housing First Programs

Presented by Kevin Lindamood and Lawanda Williams

PRESIDENT & CEO KEVIN LINDAMOOD

"I was honored to attend this year's conference with more than 1,100 people from every state in the country working and advocating at the intersections of health, homelessness and housing! Baltimore was well represented by our colleagues as we find solidarity in the challenges and opportunities we’re facing – and inspiration for the work ahead. We’re excited to host the conference in Baltimore next year. (And I just learned it’ll be in our city in 2027, too.)"


And a tremendous keynote to kick off the entire conference...

Pictured: President & CEO Kevin Lindamood with Dr. Oni Blackstock, who received a standing ovation at her opening keynote

"Accountability does not have to be scary…Self accountability is a building block to solidarity with mistreated and marginalized communities."


Considering attending next year?

Reach out to staff who went this year, including: 

 

  • National HCH Sr. Director of Policy Barbara DiPietro, Ph.D.
  • Referrals Coordinator Wanda Hopkins
  • Chief Administrative and Quality Officer Tolu Thomas, MBA, MSN, RN
  • Chief Behavioral Health Officer Lawanda Williams, MPH, LCSW-C
  • Senior Client Relations Manager Malcolm Williams, LCSW-C

In 2025, the National Conference will be back in Baltimore! Keep an eye out for information about registration. 

Learn more about the National Health Care for the Homeless Council

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