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.