Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness
October 4-6, 2017, Dallas Omni Hotel Park West
The annual conference has become a forum for homeless service providers, educators, community leaders, and government officials to network and share information on how to better serve the women, men, children, and youth experiencing homelessness in their community. Improving homeless services in Texas communities benefits the entire state.
The 2017 conference will feature tracks on the following topics: case management, Continuum of Care program, education, children & youth, veterans, and housing.
If you would like to host an exhibit table, please complete the online form here.
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There are a limited number of scholarships available. Apply here.
We need volunteers! Please complete this form if you are interested in volunteering at the conference.
Biggest Partnerships! Texas Sized Housing & Health Solutions
Supportive Housing = Healthcare Conference, hosted by THN and CSH
May 1-3, 2017
We started with BIG Partnerships in 2015, moved to BIGGER Partnerships in 2016, and Biggest Partnerships in 2017!
Thank you to everyone that attended!
Special thanks to our Keynote Speaker, Wednesday, May 3
James J. O’Connell, MD
President, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. O’Connell graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1970 and received his master’s degree in theology from Cambridge University in 1972. After graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1982, he completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In 1985, Dr. O'Connell began full time clinical work with homeless individuals as the founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, which now serves over 13,000 homeless persons each year in two hospital-based clinics (Boston Medical Center and MGH) and in more than 60 shelters and outreach sites in Boston. With his colleagues, Dr. O’Connell established the nation’s first medical respite program for homeless persons in September, 1985, with 25 beds in the Lemuel Shattuck Shelter. This innovative program now provides acute and sub-acute, pre- and post-operative, and palliative and end-of-life care in the freestanding 104-bed Barbara McInnis House. Working with the MGH Laboratory of Computer Science, Dr. O’Connell designed and implemented the nation’s first computerized medical record for a homeless program in 1995.
From 1989 until 1996, Dr. O'Connell served as the National Program Director of the Homeless Families Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dr. O’Connell is the editor of The Health Care of Homeless Persons: A Manual of Communicable Diseases and Common Problems in Shelters and on the Streets. His articles have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation, the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Clinical Ethics, and several other medical journals.
Dr. O’Connell has been featured on ABC’s Nightline and in the feature-length documentary Give Me a Shot of Anything. He has received numerous awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award in 2012 and The Trustees’ Medal at the bicentennial celebration of MGH in 2011. Dr. O’Connell has collaborated with homeless programs in many cities in the USA and across the globe, including Los Angeles, London, and Sydney. Dr. O’Connell’s book Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor was published in 2015 in celebration of BHCHP’s 30th anniversary. Dr. O’Connell is president of BHCHP and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.