of Homeless Services
August 22, 2014, Brooklyn, NY… NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers’ (LFHC) employees Barbara Conanan, director for the Community Medicine Program (CMP), and Cloverlene Charles, patient service associate, were honored on August 13 with awards by the N.Y.C. Providers of Health Care for the Homeless (PHCH). Guest speakers included Commissioner Gilbert Taylor of the N.Y.C. Department of Homeless Services; Dova Marder, M.D., medical director, N.Y.C. Department of Homeless Services; N.Y.C. Council Member Stephen Levin; Beverly Grossman, MSW, senior policy director, Community Health Care Association of New York State; John Lozier, MSSW, executive director, National Health Care for the Homeless Council; Larry McReynolds, president, LFHC; and Jim O’Connell, M.D., president, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program.
Barbara Conanan received the Dr. Philip W. Brickner Visionary Clinician’s Award for her leading role of the Health Care for the Homeless program for over 30 years, leading a program that serves 7,000 patients. Ms. Conanan is the first recipient of this award,
which was established in honor of the late Philip W. Brickner, M.D., the father of the national
Healthcare for the Homeless program.
|N.Y.C Council Member
Cloverlene Charles was presented with the S/Hero award for her 16 years of service with outstanding commitment, quality, integrity and compassion as a dedicated staff member of the Community Medicine Program. The individuals who are recognized as S/Heroes make daily impacts on the lives of their patients and provide their agency with a legacy of committed, high-quality service. The S/Hero award attempts to express the gratitude and appreciation that often go unspoken in the day to day operations of a homeless-serving health center.
PHCH, a member coalition made up of agencies like LFHC’s Community Medicine Program, work to ensure high quality, accessible, and comprehensive health care for homeless persons in New York City. The group, along with the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), celebrated National Health Care for the Homeless Day by recognizing the work of health centers and those that serve special populations.
Pictured are Homeless Health Care Day attendees holding a flier titled “Engines for Health,” an LFHC social media campaign created in celebration of National Health Center Week and a public proclamation that community health practitioners are “local engines for healthier communities.” In the front row (from left): Maria Escalera, LFHC advocacy coordinator; Cloverlene Charles, LFHC patient service associate, and S/Hero honoree; Nora Brickner, grand-daughter of the late Philip Brickner, M.D.; Alice Brickner, wife of the late Philip Brickner, M.D.; Maude Brickner, daugher of the late Philip Brickner, M.D.; Miriam Santiago, RN, LFHC; Jenny Taveras, administrative associate; Richard Vincent, administrative manager, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Aaron Felder, assistant vice president of LFHC Special Populations. In the back row (from left): Julius Powell, LFHC manager; John Lozier, executive director, National Health Care for the Homeless Council; Barbara Conanan, director, LFHC Community Medicine Program and Dr. Brickner Visionary Clinician's award recipient; F. Russell Kellogg, M.D.; and Jim O'Connell, M.D., president, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.