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It's time we establish academic homes for homelessness.

On October 13, 2022, Dr. Howard K. Koh, a national leader in the US on public health, discussed the urgent need to educate and train health professionals about this ongoing health-care crisis.

Keith Hambly

Chief Executive Officer, Fred Victor

Keith is at the helm of Fred Victor, an organization whose nearly 500 staff serve more than 2,000 homeless and low-income women, men and families each day, advocate for public policy change and work to end homelessness.


Harriet Kakinda
Client Service Worker and Community Health Ambassador, Toronto Shelter Network

Harriet immigrated to Canada three years ago. She works in communities and shelters helping people experiencing homelessness, substance use and mental health. She believes in the power of social work as a profession to make a difference in people's lives.

Dr. Karen Shin 
Interim Chief of Psychiatry, St. Michael’s Hospital

Dr. Karen Shin leads St. Michael’s Mental Health and Addictions Service,  an academic department that delivers clinical services, educates medical health professionals and conducts research to improve health outcomes for individuals with mental health illness and substance use disorders, many of whom experience homelessness.


Dr. Howard K. Koh
Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of Practice of Public Health Leadership, Health Policy and Management, Harvard University

Dr. Howard K. Koh is the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School as well as Faculty Co-Chair of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative.  In these roles since 2014, he advances leadership education and training at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as well as across Harvard University He is also the inaugural Chair of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health Initiative on Health and Homelessness. Previously at Harvard School of Public Health (2003-2009), he was Associate Dean for Public Health Practice.


The Annual Louis L. Odette Family Lecture, sponsored by a family of generous philanthropists, was launched in 2015 to raise awareness of the global homelessness crisis, uncover innovative solutions, and bring engaged Canadians together to influence and inspire change.



Emily Mathieu | Journalist, Writer and Researcher


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