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Illumination Foundation to host consortium on solutions to address health equity

Illumination Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission to disrupt the cycle of homelessness, will host the “Together We Can: Solutions to Address Health Equity” consortium on April 19, 2022 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

The one-day event is focused on integrating effective solutions to lowering the barriers vulnerable populations experience in accessing healthcare, housing, education, and workforce development. Panelists from governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses, healthcare providers, private foundations, and educational institutions will hold solutions-driven conversations around inequity and inequality.

The consortium features keynote speaker Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President of AARP Foundation, a charitable affiliate of AARP focused on ending senior poverty, who will discuss health equity. Monica E. Oss, MS, Chief Executive Officer & Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS will provide a capstone address.

The consortium will include panel discussions on four critical areas: homelessness, public health and education, health equity, and policy. The panelists will discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion. Panelists include:

How Cross-Sector Partnership Can Disrupt the Cycle of Homelessness

  • Sam Tsemberis, Ph.D, Founder & CEO of Pathways Housing First (Moderator)
  • Michael Franczak, Ph.D., Director of Population Health, Copa Heath
  • Don Barnes, Sheriff for Orange County, CA
  • Heidi Marston, Executive Director, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

Transforming Public Health and Education to Promote Social Justice

  • Bernadette M. Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, Director and Foundation Dean, University of California, Irvine future School of Population and Public Health (Moderator)
  • Erin Samueli, MA, Director of Social Justice Philanthropy, Samueli Foundation (Moderator)
  • Mary Sanchez, RN, BSN, Manager of Clinical Relations, West Coast University
  • Pooja Bhalla, DNP, RN, Executive Director of Healthcare Services, Illumination Foundation
  • Danielle McCamey, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, FCCP, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean for Clinical Practice & Relationships at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Founder, CEO & President of DNPs of Color

Eliminating Structural Barriers to Accessing Healthcare

  • G. Robert (Bobby) Watts, MPH, MS, Chief Executive Officer, National Health Care for the Homeless Council (Moderator)
  • Kara Carter, MBA, MSc, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Programs, California Health Care Foundation
  • Ashish Abraham, MD, MBA, President of Foresight Health Solutions
  • Piri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Associate Dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Clinical Professor at Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

Social Determinants of Health: How Policies can Address Inequities

  • Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute & Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) and Family Caregiving Initiatives (Moderator)
  • Gary Painter, PhD, Director, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, Director of Homeless Policy Research Institute
  • Clayton Chau, MD, PhD, MASL, Agency Director, Orange County Health Care Agency
  • Michael Hunn, MA, BA, CEO, CalOptima

“Housing and health inequity are critical issues of our time,” said Paul Leon, President and CEO of Illumination Foundation. “We are bringing together national and regional experts from different sectors to discuss solutions and how together we can take action to address the needs of underserved communities. Housing and healthcare is a human right.”

Sponsors include the Haynes Fund, Kaiser Permanente Orange County, Assured In Home Care, and AARP.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://auctria.events/Togetherwecan22.

About Illumination Foundation

Illumination Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless adults and children in order to disrupt the cycle of homelessness. The organization provides a full continuum of care from street to home, including case management, medical coordination, behavioral health and substance use counseling, and housing navigation to our vulnerable clients in shelters/navigation centers, family emergency shelters, recuperative care/medical respite facilities, and permanent supportive housing. https://www.ifhomeless.org

This article was released by Illumination Foundation.