Join CoH Leadership

Our call to fill three leadership positions within the Caucus on Homelessness is now open until July 31, 2016 11:59pm Pacific. Email our Chair, Ben King at, and Chair-elect Dr. Jack Tsai at to inquire for more details. The positions available include:

    • Membership Chair
    • Social Media and Networking Chair
    • Student Liaison

The fundamental requirements for each of the roles are outlined below:

Membership Chair

  • Primarily responsible for recruitment of new members into the Caucus throughout the year, including at the APHA annual meeting
  • Collects and tracks membership survey responses, including facilitation of members interested in getting involved with caucus activities
  • Orients new members about the Caucus and updates membership about ongoing activities and events
  • Reports membership lists annually, via the Caucus Chair and Caucus Collaborative representative to APHA staff

Social Media and Networking Chair

  • Works closely with the membership chair
  • Manages the website content posts
  • Manages content on the Caucus’s Facebook page
  • Explores new ways to network and develop social media presence
  • Coordinates social activities planning for the annual meeting

Student liaison

  • Attends both Caucus and APHA Student Assembly meetings and functions
  • Maintains communication line between Caucus and APHA Student Assembly
  • Coordinates and assists the Caucus mentorship program

Writing a successful abstract

AHPA hosted a webinar sharing tips for writing a successful abstract. Check out the links below for recordings of the presentations. View the PowerPoint presentation here.

1. General Abstract Information
Jenevieve (Jenn) Kincaid, MD, MPH(c), MM(c), RN/BSN, BMus.
Vietnam Caucus

2. Abstract Themes
Ozlem Ersin, PhD, MEd, MBA
Medical Care Program Chair & Governing Councilor

3. Successful Submissions
Alicia M. Thompson, MSW
Health Administration Section Councilor

4. What are Reviewers Looking For?
Michelle S. Williams, PhD, MPH, CHES
Women’s Caucus Program Planning Co-Chair

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

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