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Baltimore City Overdose Alert - A spike in overdoses was detected on Wednesday, May 23 in Southwest Baltimore. Such spikes are often related to tainted or particularly potent heroin (including heroin laced with fentanyl). Please share this information and encourage family, friends and neighbors to get trained to administer the overdose-reversing medication, Naloxone.
Atop the amazing work they do each day, our colleagues are in the community, providing a window into homelessness for the broader public.
Lilian Amaya’s parents came from El Salvador and growing up she bounced around a lot, eventually coming to Washington D.C. and staying with friends. Lilian loved her childhood, but as she got older she realized, "Okay, well maybe were too many people staying in this two-bedroom apartment.”
Lilian says many immigrants, especially those from Spanish-speaking communities, don't view “doubling up” as a form of homelessness because of cultural differences in the perception of homelessness.
Now, Lilian Amaya is the Lead Community Health Worker at Health Care for the Homeless and she educates clients and providers on the wide-ranging experiences of homelessness among different populations. Recently, the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce nominated Lilian as the “Rising Star of the Year” for her work connecting families to care.
“Our work is incredibly important to get people who are uninsured, or who don’t speak English, into care,” Lilian says. “We help others understand the complexities and cultural differences some of our [Spanish-speaking] clients have.”
Lilian also recently testified in support of community health workers in Annapolis.
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.
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 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. Thanks to the SOAR program and SOAR partners like the psychiatry team, some of our clients are finding a steady source of income for the first time and on path to a steady, stable life. They were honored at the SOAR Symposium on June 27, 2017.
Malcolm Williams recently 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. But the wide-ranging panel didn’t stop there. Representatives from the YES Drop-In Center, the Esperanza Center, the Homeless Persons Representation Project and our very own Malcolm all weighed in on efforts to end homelessness here in Maryland.
"We have to look past behavior to see what's causing the behavior, to understand trauma & where the hurt is coming from," said Malcolm.
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 recipients—February 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.
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.