Homeless Health Initiative

Meet Our Team

Key staff members at the Homeless Health Initiative 

Karen M. Hudson, MSW, LSW, Program Leader

Karen M. Hudson, MSW, LSW, is program leader of the Homeless Health Initiative (HHI). She received a BA in sociology from Boston University, Boston, MA, and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, Philadelphia, PA. As a pediatric social worker, Ms. Hudson has more than 25 years of experience in working with families in the hospital and in the community.

She has been with HHI since 2001 and serves as the bridge between The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the community for both families and healthcare volunteers. Ms. Hudson, a doctoral student in Public Health, also serves as a faculty member of the CHOP Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, and as an adjunct professor of social work at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice.

Ms. Hudson's presentations and publications focus on homelessness, health disparities, inclusion and cultural diversity. She is an alumni from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia's INSIGHTS Forum minority leadership training program, a nominee for the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leaders Award, and a recipient of the 2009 University of Pennsylvania Women of Color Faculty Award and the 2010 National Health Care for the Homeless Local Hero Award.

Melissa Ellis Bennett, MD, Medical Adviser 

Melissa Ellis Bennett, MD, is the medical director of the Homeless Health Initiative (HHI). Dr. Bennett graduated from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, with an AB in molecular biology, and completed medical school at The Pennsylvania State College of Medicine at Hershey, Hershey, PA. While in medical school, she was the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Scholarship to study community pediatrics and child abuse.

Dr. Bennett continued her pediatrics training at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,  where she volunteered with HHI. She was honored with the Distinguished First-Year Resident Award and the Senior Resident Clinician Award at CHOP. After completing her residency in 2000, Dr. Bennett joined the faculty at CHOP as a pediatrician at the Primary Care Center at University City. She became medical director of the Homeless Health Initiative in 2001 and has focused on this role exclusively since 2006.  

Melissa Berrios Johnson, MSW, Social Work Trainer

Melissa Berrios Johnson, MSW, is a social work trainer at the Homeless Health Initiative. Ms. Berrios Johnson received a BA in sociology and psychology from the College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ, and a MSW from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, Philadelphia, PA.

Ms. Berrios Johnson served the HHI as a social work intern in 2007-2008, and as a social work LEND Fellow during 2007-2009. After earning her MSW in 2008, she joined HHI as the social work trainer. In 2012, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council Clinician’s Network awarded Ms. Berrios Johnson with the Outstanding Service Award.

She is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and a guest lecturer at Temple University, both located in Philadelphia, PA.

Alejandra Sulpizio, MSW, Administrative Fellow

Alejandra Sulpizio, MSW, is an administrative fellow at the Homeless Health Initiative. Ms. Sulpizio earned a BSW from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Galloway, NJ, where she was awarded a full Presidential Scholarship for four years. She graduated magna cum laude with program distinction.

Ms. Sulpizio received her MSW from the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude. She served as the HHI social work intern in 2012. Ms. Sulpizio is a frequent guest lecturer at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

HHI volunteer staff for 2013 

Physician Residents at CHOP

Dentist Residents at CHOP

Nurse

Medical Students

Dental Students

Research Collaborators

 

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

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