Monday, October 4–Tuesday, October 5, 2021 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. PT each day on Zoom Register for the free symposium.

California is home to more than a quarter of the country's homeless population. In early 2020, 161,548 people experienced homelessness in California on any given day — a 40% increase over the last five years. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the public health crisis faced by people experiencing homelessness: Housing security is a major determinant of health. There are no simple solutions to ending homelessness: The crisis is vast and complex, requiring well-coordinated systems, flexibility in approach, and implementation of individual-level interventions that support and house the most vulnerable Californians.

You’re invited to join the Fielding School's UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (UCLA CHPR) as the center brings together public health leaders, community advocates, policymakers, and other thought leaders to help identify past successes and lessons learned, so that California can invest effectively with evidence-based solutions to creating a healthier, more prosperous California for all.

Dr. Ninez A. Ponce, director of UCLA CHPR and professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health will provide the opening remarks.

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Bill Purcell, JD, Former Mayor, Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County
  • Libby Schaaf, JD, Mayor, City of Oakland
  • Phil Ting, California State Assemblymember, 19th District, and Chair, Assembly Budget Committee
  • Isaac Bryan, California State Assemblymember, 54th District
  • Donald H. Whitehead Jr., Executive Director, National Coalition for the Homeless
  • Philip Mangano, President and CEO, The American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness
  • Margot Kushel, MD, Director, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations
  • Michelle Cabrera, Executive Director, County Behavioral Health Directors Association
  • Kathryn Monet, CEO, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
  • Leepi Shimkhada, Director of Housing and Services, Housing for Health, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
  • Gary Painter, PhD, Director, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation and the Homelessness Policy Research Institute
  • Eva Thibaudeau, CEO, Temenos Community Development Corporation
  • Nadereh Pourat, PhD, Director, Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program, and Associate Director, UCLA CHPR
  • Dana White, Program Officer, True Colors United
  • Suzette Shaw, Poet and Advocate, Skid Row from a Women’s Perspective
  • Randall Kuhn, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
  • Andrea Evans, JD, Director, Chronic Homelessness Initiative, Tipping Point Community

…and more to be announced!

A special student session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, featuring discussions and networking with some of the speakers.

For more information, visit the E.R. Brown Symposium website.

Register for the two-day symposium.

Register for the student session. Students must register for the symposium and for the student session separately.


The E.R. Brown Symposium, named after UCLA Center for Health Policy Research founder E. Richard "Rick" Brown, is an annual event that honors the life of Rick Brown, who spent his life advocating strongly for a health-care-for-all system that would ensure health services for every Californian.

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