physician and health advocate for the homeless

The Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum
2014 Speaker

Dr. Jim O'Connell

Physician and President of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Wednesday, September 10th, 7pm – 9pm

After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Dr. O'Connell began full time clinical work with homeless individuals as the founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in 1985. Having grown from 6 original employees to 350, including full-time doctors, nurses, dentists, and psychiatrists, BHCHP now serves over 12,000 homeless persons each year in two hospital-based clinics (Boston Medical Center and MGH) and in more than 70 shelters and outreach sites in Boston

For 29 years, the mission of BHCHP has remained the same: to provide or assure access to the highest quality health care for all homeless men, women, and children in the greater Boston area. The innovative approaches to care that have emerged at BHCHP are now central to work with the homeless population throughout the country and increasingly the world.

The mission of the Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum is to promote peace and justice among all people and to demonstrate the power of an individual to make a positive difference in the world. Held annually in September, the Forum invites a distinguished individual to speak about his or her work and vision. In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the events of 9/11, the Forum inaugurated the Al Filipov Peace & Justice Award to honor our distinguished speaker’s work and commend the speaker’s contributions to a more peaceful and just world. More
The Forum honors the memory of Al Filipov, a beloved member of Trinitarian Congregational Church of Concord Massachusetts, who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. An engineer by training, Al was a husband and father, a human rights activist, painter, inventor, and raconteur. He sought out the best in people and cared passionately about the world in its beauty and pain. He earnestly believed in the power of an individual to make a difference in the world. More
Beginning in September, 2002, and annually thereafter, the Forum has sponsored speakers and related events to advance its mission of peace and justice. Past speakers have included author and journalist John Hockenberry; The Rev. Dr. James Forbes, founder of the Healing of the Nations Foundations; Rye Barcott, co-founder of Carolina for Kibera, Jessica Jackley, co-founder of, and James Yee, author of For God and Country. More