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Panel will explore solutions to chronic homelessness in California

This Wednesday, Feb. 15, the UC Center Sacramento will conclude its Winter Symposium on Chronic Homelessness with a panel featuring an academic expert and two public policymakers. Panelists will share how California is beginning to address the problem of the chronically unsheltered homeless population, explain the barriers that remain and highlight how innovative solutions may make an impact.

This event will feature the following panelists:

Margot Kushel, M.D.

Margot Kushel, M.D., is a professor of medicine at UCSF; division chief and director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations; director of the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative; and a general internist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of homelessness and housing instability, with the goal of preventing and ending homelessness and ameliorating the effects of homelessness and housing instability on health. She is the principal investigator of the California Statewide Study of Homelessness and an ongoing NIA-funded study, the Health Outcomes of People Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle Age (HOPE HOME) study, which examines the causes and consequences of homelessness in older adults.

Senator John Laird

Senator John Laird represents the 17th State Senate District of California, which includes all of Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo counties, the majority of Monterey County and as well as parts of Santa Clara County. He previously served as the secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, a member of the State Integrated Waste Management Board, a member of the State Assembly, the executive director of the Santa Cruz Aids Project and two terms as Santa Cruz Mayor. Senator Laird’s lifetime of public service and social justice advocacy saw him become one of the first openly gay mayors to serve in the United States. He is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz.

Toby Ewing, Ph.D.

Toby Ewing, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, the state agency working to transform California’s community mental health system. Dr. Ewing leads the Commission’s work in undertaking deep-dive policy projects designed to support legislation, new investments and programmatic reforms to reduce hospitalizations, homelessness and incarceration. His career has focused on governance reform, oversight and the outcomes of public programs regarding mental health, child welfare, immigrant integration, workforce and higher education, veterans’ issues, performance management and accountability systems.

Register today

  • What: UCCS presents “Seeking Solutions to Chronic Homelessness: A Panel Discussion”
  • When: Feb. 15, 12 – 1:30 p.m. (PT)
  • Registration: Register for the Zoom webinar

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