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.
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.
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!
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!