Your Chance to Show Support for APHA to Adopt a Policy for Medicaid Expansion!

The Caucus on Homeless submitted a policy statement this year titled “Universal Medicaid Expansion and Its Implications on Health and Housing.” The statement has been approved for member comment and is available for review. If you are an APHA member, please log into the APHA website and provide supportive comments on our statement. We are listed as D1 under Group D: “Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce.” Thank you!

2015 Call for Abstracts – Deadline Feb 9th!

The 143rd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition will take place October 31 – November 4, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Caucus on Homelessness invites you to submit abstracts on research, epidemiology, policy, legislation, advocacy, and service delivery  pertaining to homelessness and homeless populations by Monday, February 9, 2015. Topics of interest and instructions can be found on the Call for Abstract page. Please contact Claudia Davidson for more information.

2014 Conference a Success!

The Caucus on Homelessness events at the 142nd Annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Meeting and Exhibition in New Orleans, LA were a great success! At the November 2014 meeting, CoH offered 40 scientific presentations (20 oral and 20 poster), a site tour of the New Orleans HCH clinic, and raised $1,100 for the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic at our first ever social hour and fundraising event. The site tour was highlighted in the January 2015 issue of APHA’s The Nation’s Health. Read the article here.

In our efforts to include local communities in our activities, CoH invited representatives of the New Orleans HCH clinic to open up one of the oral sessions. Wendy Hernandez is a former patient of the clinic; she shared her experiences entering and rising out of homelessness with the help of clinic staff and outreach workers.

Wendy Hernandez, Scott Harpin, Stephanie Begun in the session “Targeted Evaluation of Youth Experiencing Homelessness”

Scientific Sessions

“Medical and Behavioral Health Care for Veterans Who Are Homeless”

CoH Poster Session

Claudia Davidson and Brittany Brown

Diego Cerecero Garcia

2014 Student Award Winners

Margaret Paul and Rachel Peterson, 2014 Best Student Abstract Award Winners

Site Tour

Karen Hudson, Molly Meinbresse, and Jen Elder outside New Orleans Health Care for the Homeless clinic

Primary care room w Karen Hudson

Karen Hudson in medical exam room

Jen Elder and Jorien van der Laan in dental exam room

Social Hour & Fundraiser


New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic musicians

Ben King, Jack Tsai, Jorien van der Laan

Final Caucus on Homelessness Schedule of Events

We hope to see you in New Orleans next week! Please don’t forget to attend our Caucus on Homelessness sessions. We have a membership meeting, 2 poster sessions, 5 oral sessions, a social hour, and a site tour of a local Health Care for the Homeless clinic. Click here to see the schedule.