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12th Annual Convening

December 14 @ 2:00 pm - December 15 @ 4:30 pm

Please join us for our Annual Convening on December 14 and 15. For this two-day virtual conference, we are excited to have an incredible line-up of speakers! Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to hear from essential front-line leaders and practitioners across the health and housing sectors about critical issues at the intersections of housing, homelessness, healthcare, and immigration.


December 14 | 2-5pm | Zoom

Session 1: Housing Our Neighbors: Implementing the Mayor’s Blueprint for Housing and Homelessness in NYC

  • Jessica Katz, Chief Housing Officer – New York City
  • Moderator: Michelle de la Uz, Executive Director – Fifth Avenue Committee, Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Session 2: New York State Medicaid 1115 Waiver Proposal: Partnerships to Address Health Disparities Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Emily Engel, Director of Bureau of Social Care and Community Supports – New York State Department of Health
  • Moderator: Marcella Maguire, Director of Health Systems Integration – CSH

December 15 | 2-5pm | Zoom

Session 3: Migrant Rights = Human Rights: Coordinating Support for NYC Asylum Seekers

  • Dr. Fabienne Laraque, Medical Director – New York City Department of Homeless Services
  • Max Hadler, Director of Policy and Immigrant Initiatives, Health Care Access and Policy Unit, Bureau of Equitable Health Systems – New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Alfredo Matthews, Senior Vice President of Transitional Housing – Acacia Network Housing
  • Moderator: Sarah Oltmans, Chief of Grant Strategy – Robin Hood Foundation

Session 4: Keynote Address by M.A. Dennis, Poet and Consumer Advocate


December 14 @ 2:00 pm
December 15 @ 4:30 pm




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