Homeless Health Initiative

Homeless Health Initiative: Our History

A timeline of important dates in the past 25 years of helping homeless families in the Philadelphia area

1988
Four medical residents, including leader Ken Ginsburg, MD, and a nurse practitioner begin an outreach practice for children living in the People’s Emergency Center.
1989
Attending physician Mark Magnusson, MD, begins oversight of the Homeless Health Initiative (HHI); additional volunteers join the effort.
1990
Joel and Stephanie Markel make first donation, providing funding to sustain HHI.
1991
HHI provides medical visits at Caton House.
1992
First social work program coordinator volunteers.
1993
HHI begins monthly medical visits for children living at the Women Against Abuse shelter.
1995
Resident leaders continue to champion and recruit resident leaders and other volunteers for the program.
1998
Madeline Bell, now CHOP's president and chief operating officer, begins to volunteer as a CHOP Night nurse while heading CHOP's Home Care Department.
2000
Melissa Bennett, MD, joins as volunteer medical director and establishes the HHI medical home at 39th Street CHOP Care Network location.
2001
Karen Hudson, MSW, joins as part-time employee; social work intern joins the regular HHI team.
2002
CHOP Nights begin at ECS St. Barnabas Mission.
2002
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellows begin providing educational workshops and hearing screenings in shelters.
2003
University of Pennsylvania medical students begin to volunteer and offer vision screenings.
2003
HHI model shared with A.I. DuPont and the Salvation Army in Wilmington, DE, and with Children's National Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Health System, and a mayoral delegation from Birmingham, AL.
2005
UPenn dental students offer dental screenings during CHOP Nights; Community Nursing Advocacy Fellowship fellows join the volunteer team; CHOP first- and third-year residents begin shelter visits as part of their primary care curriculum.
2005
HHI begins working with Salvation Army / Red Shield Family Residence for health education and parenting workshops.
2006
CHOP dentists and staff nurses join CHOP Night volunteer team.
2006
HHI model is presented at an international conference for the first time.
2007
Hudson’s role expands to full-time; HHI begins CHOP Nights at Lutheran Settlement House / Jane Addams Place; CHOP attending physicians and specialists, UPenn School of Nursing nurse practitioner students, and resident advocacy are integrated into HHI program.
2007
HHI team hold first HHI Regional Conference
2008
HHI hires social work trainer Melissa Berrios; Operation CHOICES programming begins.
2008
Psychiatry fellows begin volunteering; HHI begins mental health education at Red Cross House in Philadelphia and starts providing donations to Bucks County Red Cross Shelter.
2009
Child life therapists and lactation consultant join HHI volunteer team.
2009
INSIGHTS Alumni begin annual school supply drive for children in HHI shelters.
2010
HHI joins City of Philadelphia Trauma Informed Network; pilot program of Family Care Curriculum begins.
2010
HHI model is presented at Seattle Children's Hospital Grand Rounds and shared with colleagues at children's hospitals in Atlanta, Boston and Minnesota.
2011
HHI model is replicated by St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children at Salvation Army / Red Shield Family Residence
2011
Nurse midwives from CHOP and Villanova University undergraduate nursing students join HHI volunteer team.
2012
HHI hires part-time administrative fellow Alejandra Sulpizio, MSW.
2012
HHI pilots the Healthy Baby Project.
2013
HHI recognizes 25 years of helping homeless families in the Philadelphia region.

 

Reviewed by: Karen Hudson, MSW, LSW
Date:
May 2013

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