Want to Review Abstracts?

Call for Reviewers – Deadline January 29, 2016, 11:59pm (PT)

The Call for Abstract Reviewers is now open for APHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo. We are opening the Call for Abstract Reviewers to the entire Caucus membership; you sign up now by logging into the Call for Reviewers page. Your time and expertise is invaluable and would be greatly appreciated!

After signing up as a reviewer, you will receive a reviewer notification email in late February with a link to your assigned abstracts and the Conflict of Interest form. You will have 2-3 weeks to review assigned abstracts starting March 7, 2016. We look forward to your contributions. Please contact Claudia Davidson for more information or if you have any further questions.

2016 Call for Abstracts OPEN!

Call for Abstracts – Deadline February 22, 2016, 11:59pm (PT)

APHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo will be held October 29-November 2 in Denver, Colorado. The theme of the 2016 meeting is Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health. The Caucus on Homelessness invites you to submit abstracts on research, epidemiology, policy, legislation, advocacy, and service delivery approaches pertaining to homelessness and homeless populations by Monday, February 22, 2016.

Please visit the Caucus on Homelessness Call for Abstracts page to submit your abstract and to learn more about topics of interest, review criteria, the student award, continuing education credits, and instructions on how to submit abstracts. You may contact our Program Chair, Claudia Davidson, if you have any questions.

2015 APHA Meeting Summary

Thanks to everyone who made the 2015 Caucus on Homelessness program a great success! We had 6 oral sessions, 3 poster sessions, a membership meeting, a social hour, and fundraiser.

The Caucus made sure to include local homeless service organizations in our program at the annual meeting. This year, we were lucky to have Katy Kelleghan, Director of Community Health Initiatives, and Keith Belton, Board of Directors member, from Heartland Health Outreach (HHO) in Chicago, IL, to moderate one of our oral sessions. Keith shared his story of exiting homelessness with the help of HHO and how he wants to give back to others experiencing homelessness.

Keith Belton sharing his story

Keith Belton sharing his story

The Best Student Abstract Ward went to Danielle Vaclavik, BA, for her poster “Are we Really Filling the Gaps? Using Social Network Analysis to Measure the Impact of Efforts to Integrate Systems Accessed by Families Experiencing Homelessness” (co-author Molly Brown, PhD). Danielle is from DePaul University, Department of Psychology.

Danielle receiving her award from Caucus Chair, Ben King

Danielle receiving her award from Caucus Chair, Ben King

During the Caucus Membership meeting, we elected a new Chair Elect – Jack Tsai, PhD. Jack is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University and Clinical Psychologist of the VA New England Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers. He is also the Faculty Liaison for the Caucus on Homelessness Mentoring Program and is our representative with the Equality Health Opportunity Committee. We’re excited to bring Jack into a larger role with the Caucus!

On a related note, our current Chair, Ben King, was elected to be the 2016-2017 Chair of the Caucus collaborative. Ben will work with the other APHA caucus leaders to increase partnerships across groups  to plan Special Sessions, write policies, and share resources. Congratulations, Ben!

Lastly, we hosted a social hour and fundraiser for Caucus members and potential members to network in a relaxed environment and to raise money for the 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project of Chicago. The 750 Club was started by attendees of the 2014 LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit and raises funds to adopt apartments for youth experiencing homelessness. Tracy Baim showed up to the social hour to tell us about the project and other great initiatives to help youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago. $750 houses approximately one youth for one month. As of November 12, the Caucus on Homelessness has raised approximately $600 for the Apartment Adoption Project. Please consider donating to help us reach our goal of $750. Donate here!

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Caucus on Homelessness Social Hour and Fundraiser

 

We look forward to seeing you all in Denver, CO, for the 144th Annual APHA Meeting, October 29 – November 2! Please submit an abstract or volunteer to help review abstracts or moderate sessions. Here are some other pictures we snapped from our Caucus on Homelessness sessions. Enjoy!

Dr. June Gin at the Poster Session

Dr. June Gin at the Poster Session

Faith and Oliver from Vancouver's Housing First Speakers Bureau

Faith and Oliver from Vancouver’s Housing First Speakers Bureau

Jack Tsai, Jennifer Magnabosco, Mary Webber, Keith McInnes

Jack Tsai, Jennifer Magnabosco, Mary Webber, Keith McInnes

Keith Belton, Molly Meinbresse, and Katy Kelleghan

Keith Belton, Molly Meinbresse, and Katy Kelleghan

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and HUD Secretary Julian Castro

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and HUD Secretary Julian Castro

2015 Conference Program Available!

Details regarding our Caucus on Homelessness program for the 143rd APHA Annual Meting & Expo in Chicago, IL, are now available online. We have 5 oral sessions, 3 poster sessions, a membership meeting, and a social hour. We also have a collaborative oral session with the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs section. We are hoping to have a site tour of a local Health Care for the Homeless clinic as well and will post info regarding that event as it is conformed. Hope you can join us October 31st-November 5th! View Caucus on Homelessness program.

Veteran Homelessness

We wanted to share an article written by our CoH member, Jack Tsai, PhD, who is a Clinical Psychologist with the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. Read the article “What puts veterans at risk of homelessness?” here.

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