Fellow for Life Ted Henson, MHS, is the director of Health Center Performance & Innovation at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). We’re very happy that he’ll be joining us at the 2016 SPARK! Leadership Conference in Boston Nov. 5 to lead the session, “Community Health Centers: Laboratories for Health Equity and Quality Care.”
Henson’s interest in community health centers stretches back to his days as a Harvard School of Public Health student and 2011-’12 Boston Schweitzer Fellow. For his Fellowship project, Henson worked to increase access to support services for patients of Brookside Community Health Center in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood by developing partnerships with local service providers that could be responsive to patient needs, and referring patients to those agencies through an established Help Desk. Henson also conducted weekly workshops for health center employees on strengthening social services integration and social determinants of health awareness.
In more recent years, Henson’s work has focused on studying the role of community health centers in doing outreach and enrollment of patients in health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act. He has blogged about the progress of community health centers have made and published a case study on the topic with colleagues.
Henson’s earliest work in the field of public health and social justice was in homeless shelters in Louisville and Nashville. Learning about the experiences of the shelter residents he encountered inspired him to co-found Street Sense, Washington, D.C.’s first local newspaper focusing on homeless people and issues of homelessness, shortly after he graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2003. Henson served as Street Sense’s co-editor and chair of the board of directors from 2003 until 2011.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from this experienced public health policy expert. Register for the SPARK! Leadership Conference today and we’ll see you on Nov. 5!