Hi, Friends of the RCPN,
First, I would like to say you are appreciated, and I am so thankful to be a part of this network/family. During these uncertain times, your compassion to serve those in need of medical respite care is valued more than ever.
I have served on the RCPN Steering committee in some capacity since 2008, and I am proud to serve as your chair for 2021-2022. My Health Care for the Homeless career began as a director of a medical and mental health program in Raleigh, NC, which now has evolved into large hospital system strategies for patients experiencing homeless. I also serve in leadership positions for DHHS and HUD initiatives to advance medical respite reimbursement, and affordable housing opportunities. I have fostered development for programs nationally, but currently I am focused on opening a new shelter-based/hospital-led program in Greensboro, NC. This work is my passion, and the consumers who have touched my life over the years are why I continue to press on.
As we face this second wave of the pandemic, we are still dealing with stress and trauma from the first. The good news is that we have done this before, and you all are the experts. Our vulnerable patients we serve need a safe place to discharge and heal … and you are the ones who provide this vital service. They need you.
This means we need to take care of ourselves, and each other. Reach out to us if you need any support programmatically and/or emotionally. Take time to recharge, and I hope you continue to subscribe to the Medical Respite/Recuperative Care News, attend educational events, and be an active member of the RCPN. We are excited to share the news that the updated Standards for Medical Respite Programs will be published next month, and programs continue to grow nationally.
Hopefully we will be able to laugh and hug again soon at the annual conference next spring, but until then we must stay strong and stay connected.
We can get through this together,
Brooks Ann McKinney, MSW
Director of Vulnerable Populations, Cone Health and Hospitals