FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2018
Vice President of Communications and Public Policy
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless CEO Receives Prestigious Award from National Health Care for the Homeless Council
DENVER, CO—The National Health Care for the Homeless Council announced John Parvensky, President and CEO of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless as the recipient of the Philip W. Brickner National Leadership Award, to be honored at the Awards Lunch at the 2018 National HCH Conference & Policy Symposium on May 17, 2018.
The Philip W. Brickner National Leadership Award, the Council’s most prestigious award, honors an individual who has significantly strengthened service and/or advocacy that addresses the health status of people without homes.
Under John Parvensky’s leadership, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless’s Stout Street Health Center grew from a primary care clinic serving 200 individuals into an integrated health center serving more than 13,000 unique patients annually. John was an early champion of the proposition that “housing is health care,” developing more than 2,000 supportive housing units and administering 600 housing vouchers for families and individuals without homes. In more than 30 years at CCH, John has focused on the intersection of advocacy for social justice, integrated health care, and housing for those most in need—and he will continue working toward the day when everyone has a home.
“I am deeply honored to be receiving this award. I had the opportunity to work with Philip Brickner, and he inspired much of our focus on integrated care for people experiencing homelessness and our expansion of the Stout Street Health Center,” said John Parvensky. “This honor is even more special to me because it comes from my peers and validates my long-term commitment to providing high quality healthcare and creating lasting solutions for families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Colorado.”
About Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
The mission of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for people experiencing and at-risk of homelessness homeless throughout Colorado. The Coalition advocates for and provides a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, well-being and stability of those it serves. Since its founding more than 30 years ago, the organization has earned state and national recognition for its integrated healthcare, housing and service programs. The Coalition’s comprehensive approach addresses the causes of homelessness, as well as the consequences, offering critical assistance to over 18,000 individuals and families each year. Learn more at www.coloradocoalition.org.