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Webinar: Hospitals & Housing First — Mike Griffin & Larry James

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Getting your chronically homeless patients into permanent supportive housing makes sense!

Webinar: Hospitals & Housing First

April 4, 2017 at noon EST

Mike Griffin & Larry James


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Health systems across the nation are increasingly becoming key players in the Housing First movement. And partnerships between hospitals and key community based organizations are often a critical boost to the effort. Join Mike Griffin, Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy, Adventist Health System; and Larry James, CEO of CitySquare in Dallas, for discussion on this exciting movement.

Mike brings the perspective of having worked from within Florida Hospital as they joined with others in Orlando to create permanent supportive housing. Larry comes from the perspective of an organization that has been developing housing for homeless in a variety of locations and models, often in partnership with Dallas-area hospitals.

Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin is the Vice President of Public Affairs, providing Public Affairs leadership to Florida Hospital and the Florida Division of Adventist Health System. Mike received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a Political Science minor at the University of Central Florida. He comes to Florida Hospital from the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts team where he served as Vice President of Communications and most recently as Vice President of International Communication Strategies.

Prior to his role at Disney, he served for 24 years at the Orlando Sentinel holding several leadership positions including Political Editor, City Editor and Deputy Editorial Page Editor. Mike brings significant experience in the areas of Public Relations, Communications and Government Relations. He was inducted into the UCF Nicholson School of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame and has served as the Government Relations Chair for the University of Central Florida Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2008.

Larry James

Larry James is CEO of CitySquare. He has provided executive leadership since joining CitySquare in 1994. Known in the Dallas faith, business and media communities as a social entrepreneur and committed servant to the people of East and South Dallas, Larry came to CitySquare after serving 14 years as senior minister with the Richardson East Church of Christ in Richardson, Texas.

He is a graduate of Harding University (BA 1972), Harding University Graduate School of Religion (MA 1973), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv 1977) and Tulane University (MA—American History 1986). His first full-length book, The Wealth of the Poor, was published by Leafwood Publishers in 2013.

Larry spent eight months in 1998 as executive director for the Greater Dallas Community of Churches but returned to CitySquare with a renewed clarity that his place was with the people of Dallas’ inner-city community. Since 1999, Larry and wife, Brenda, have made their home in the inner city and have been active members of First United Methodist Church-Dallas. He currently serves the church in a dual appointment to CitySquare and Highland Park United Methodist Church.



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