Staff & Clients in the Community 

Atop the amazing work they do each day, our colleagues are in the community, providing a window into homelessness for the broader public.

NEW: America Magazine dives into the importance of dental care with Armstead Hetherington and Dental Director Dr. Parita Patel.

October 2019, America Magazine features conversations with client and advocate Armstead Hetherington and Dental Director Dr. Parita Patel.  “A lot of our clients have a history of trauma, a history of substance abuse.” Parita says, “Restoring something as simple as their teeth and their smile brings them back to a time when they were healthier.”

In the community


Briauna Wills is the September 2019 winner of the Chick-fil-A Everyday Heroes award

September 2019—Community Health Worker Briauna Wills won the Every Heroes award on September 27. Every month one young adult is chosen for going above and beyond to make a change in their community. WMAR recognized Wills for her hard work at Health Care for the Homeless, creation of Young Queens in Training and as a mother. 

Chauna Brocht and Joseph Funn present at the national Respite Care Provider’s Network symposium

October 2018—Staff members Chauna Brocht, Ann Marler and Barbara DiPietro joined the national Respite Care Provider's symposium in Phoenix on October 2. Chauna and consumer advocate, Joseph Funn, co-hosted workshops on Consumer Engagement and Managing Cognitive Disorders. Joe says, "In speaking at the conference, I was able to move beyond telling my story of homelesssness and was able to contribute practical information." Chauna continues, "It was a great opportunity to share what Convalescent Care staff have learned about working with clients with Traumatic Brain Injury and other cognitive disorders with a national audience and also to learn from national respite care experts."

Tyler Gray to participate in National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) panel

October 2018—West Baltimore Medical Director Tyler Gray will join the NASTAD conference in Baltimore on October 10. As part of the panel, he aims to highlight how stigma surrounding drug use, homelessness and health systems inequality negatively impact the Hepatitis C epidemic.

The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce nominates Lilian Amaya as ‘Rising Star of the Year’

December 2017—Lead Community Health Worker Lilian Amaya was recently nominated by the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as the “Rising Star of the Year” for her work connecting families to care.  

Laura Garcia recognized by Johns Hopkins Alumni Association 

October 2017—Director of Adult Medicine Laura Garcia received an Outstanding Recent Graduate Award at the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association and Alumni Council Recognition Dinner on Friday, October 6, 2017. The award honors alumni who have received their Hopkins degree in the last 10 years and demonstrated achievement or service in their professional or volunteer life.

Staff members trekked to D.C. for the 2017 National Conference 

June 2017—There was no shortage of fun and interesting things to do at this year's National Health Care for the Homeless conference. And our staff members were front and center throughout the whole thing! See who presented on what and what they had to say here

Our psychiatry team is SOAR-ing, too!

June 2017—Our psychiatry team has been a key partner in the SOAR program for years. Now they’re being recognized for it with the SOAR Values in Action Award! Director of Psychiatry Dr. Meredith Johnston and psychiatrists Dr. Helen Witte, Dr. Ryan Stagg and Dr. Sarah Gilman will be recognized for working with the SOAR team to ensure clients with severe behavioral health illnesses can get disability assistance. They were honored at the SOAR Symposium on June 27, 2017.

Malcolm Williams participates in Homeless Persons Representation Project panel

May 2017—Malcolm Williams joined local advocates and experts to examine the underlying forces of youth homelessness in a panel discussion, American Dreams Deferred: A Conversation about Youth Homelessness. Organized by Homeless Persons Representation Project, the panel discussion highlighted Dan-el Padilla Peralta and his new book, Undocumented - A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League. 

Baltimore Magazine names Molly Greenberg one of city's top nurses 

April 2017—Molly Greenberg is one of the 50 nurses recognized in Baltimore Magazine’s 2017 round-up of the city's most outstanding nurses for her work in community/ambulatory care. See for yourself here.      


In the news

The Baltimore Sun shares Chief Health Officer Nilesh Kalyanaraman's Op-Ed on new Maryland hepatitis C legislation—July 2019, The Baltimore Sun published Chief Health Officer Nilesh Kalyanarman's op-ed (penned with the help of Director of Public Policy Joanna Diamond and Chief Strategy Officer Keiren Havens) in response to Maryland legislation that went into effect on July 1, 2019. The legislation expands Medicaid coverage for hepatitis C treatment regardless of liver damage. But due to a budget loophole, some liver damage for those with Medicaid will still be required. The Op-Ed urges the state to completely expand coverage and access to this life-saving treatment. 

Health Care for the Homeless goes On The Record to talk housing and health care—August 2019, On The Record hosted Director of Housing Services Lawanda Williams, Board Vice Chair Christopher Thomaskutty and client Jennifer Randolph. They talked about a new Medicaid pilot program and $2 million hospital investment that is funding affordable housing—and why housing really is health care.


10 City Hospitals Commit $2M To Homeless Housing, Services—July 2019, CBS Baltimore reported on 10 hospitals across Baltimore that came together to announce their commitment to permanent supportive housing. Together, they commited $2 million toward housing and supportive services for 200 community members experiencing homelesness. President and CEO Kevin Lindamood is quoted stating, "What we see happening today is every single hospital in the city coming together in a partnership with the city of Baltimore and Health Care for the Homeless to say that there is a relationship between health status and housing.”

Want to address homelessness, Mr. President? Two words: affordable housing—July 2019, The Baltimore Sun responded to President Trump's recent comments on homelessness in the US with a step-by-step guide on how to address this decade's-old crisis. President and CEO Kevin Lindamood weighed in on the issues of using police to manage the issue of encampments, saying, “Criminalize the homeless and you just make it harder for them to find jobs. This isn’t a law enforcement problem.”

Md. hepatitis C treatment funding leaves key group behindJuly 2019, The Baltimore Sun published Chief Health Officer Nilesh Kalyanarman's op-ed (penned with the help of Director of Public Policy Joanna Diamond and Chief Strategy Officer Keiren Havens) in response to Maryland legislation that went into effect on July 1, 2019. The legislation expands Medicaid coverage to hepatitis C treatment regardless of liver damage. But due to a budget loophole, some liver damage for those with Medicaid will still be required. The Op-Ed urges the state to completely expand coverage and access to this life-saving treatment. 

The Baltimore Sun Reports on a new program that will help 50 families find housingFebruary 2019,The Baltimore Sun reported that by pooling $500,000, The Housing Authority of Baltimore, the Mayors Office of Human Services and Health Care for the Homeless will work together to help place 50 chronically homeless families into newly refurbished apartments. Health Care for the Homeless Case Managers will work with the families to ensure that they have everything they need to get back on their feet and stay housed. President and CEO Kevin Lindamood is quoted in the article, stating that, “It’s a shame to have public housing units that our community owns but aren’t habitable because there haven’t been resources to renovate them. By creatively identifying resources, we can end homelessness for more families.”

Baltimore Business Journal talks to Adrienne Trustman about HRSA's new loan repayment program January 2019, Vice President of Medicine Adrienne Trustman discussed HRSA's new college loan repayment program. Clinicians who enroll to provide three years of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) through the program will receive between $37,500-$75,000 in loan repayment. Trustman, who worked under HRSA's other loan repayment program stated that, "This program adds benefits for clinicians to get the extra training they need to provide buprenorphine or other medication-assisted treatments, and hopefully encourages them to stay in the area to help the patients who need that treatment in Baltimore." Those enrolled will provide MAT at Chase Brexton Health Services and Health Care for the Homeless' downtown clinic. 

Tobie Smith Finds Her Groove in Helping Others—August 2018, Medical Director Tobie Smith has been appointed to the United States Anti-Doping Agency's Board of Directors. She sat down with USA Swimming to discuss her excitement about this new position and how she has gone from a gold medal swimmer to medical director of our Baltimore County Clinic.

Art exhibit in Pigtown portrays the stories of female sex workers and users of drugs—July 2018, Health Care for the Homeless Board Member Susan Sherman was recently featured in The Baltimore Sun's story on an art exhibit at SPARC, a day center to support women who sell sex or use drugs.

Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health—June 2018, Olga Khazan spent over a year getting to know Health Care for the Homeless client Kiarra Boulware and how neighborhoods shape people’s health outcomes for this article in The Atlantic

Exploring the link between housing and health—June 2018, Marketplace talks with client Sidney Bond and Lead Peer Recovery Specialist Nate Thomas about connection between housing and health.

Health Care for the Homeless makes Classy's top 100 for growth—May 2018, Classy is a little tool in the fundraising world that allows thousands of nonprofits to raise money to support their cause. They recently announced the 2017 Classy 100—an annual list of their top growing nonprofits. You'll see a familiar face listed #62, with 52.33% year-over-year growth!

ER woes transcend deinstitutionalization, start with homelessness—April 2018, In a Baltimore Sun letter to the editor, President & CEO Kevin Lindamood points to a disinvestment in subsidized housing as a partial cause for the recent increase in emergency room visits.

Alum talks health care access for the homeless—March 2018, Nurse Practitioner Tyler Cornell spoke to her alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, during an event hosted by the Hopkins chapter of Habitat for Humanity. “I love my job: how people have such trust in me, they share the most intimate things, [be it] their physical health or their emotional health or social circumstances,” she said.

Legislation would add dental benefits for Maryland Medicaid recipientsFebruary 2018, Client and advocate Athena Haniotis talks to the Baltimore Sun about the fight for adult dental care in Maryland.

Reflection: Supporting families who are experiencing homelessness—February 2018, Former volunteer Caitlin Cobau shares her experience at Health Care for the Homeless with Loyola University's magazine.

HHS religious freedom division encourages discrimination—January 2018, Our very own Patrick Hennessy penned an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun advocating for patients' rights and encouraging other nurses to do the same.

37 homeless who died in ’17 memorialized in Balto. Co.—December 2017, The Baltimore Sun covers Homeless Persons' Memorial Day.

Homeless Remembrance Day: Those Lost in 2017 —December 2017, Marc Steiner shared the names of all those honored during Baltimore's Homeless Persons' Memorial Day. 

The Short Fall into Homelessness—December 2017, Jeff Garrett talks coping with homelessness on WYPR.

Helping Baltimore's Homeless: Is Enough Being Done To Help?—November 2017, Kevin Lindamood talks about what we should be doing to help people experiencing homelessness get back on their feet on WYPR.

‘Housing Is Health Care’ for FNPs Serving the Homeless—August 2-17, Amber Richert highlighted in USC's Department of Nursing blog on the importance of housing in health care.

Frontlines Part I and Part II—July 2017, Nate Thomas talks about his family and the work they do in the community with Afro.

Helping homeless people get back on their feet—July 2017, WBAL TV's Jason Newton talks whole person health care with Tonii Gedin.

New housing comes to Argyle Avenue—July 2017, Baltimore Sun meets with Jan Caughlan and Lawanda Williams on the new housing opportunity at Sojourner Place at Argyle Avenue.