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Past Event

Destination Health: Solving Homelessness

This event is the first in The Commonwealth Club's Thought Leadership series on the future of health, featuring in-depth conversations on the challenges driving physical, mental and social health.

Homelessness is one of the most critical health issues of our time. Even the best care isn’t enough to keep people healthy if they do not have a roof over their head. A safe, stable home is necessary to thrive. Yet much of America is grappling with some of the highest costs of housing and highest rates of homelessness of our time. What can we do to reverse the trend? What haven’t we thought of? Given the bright minds and wealth of the 21st century, we cannot accept that homelessness is unsolvable. Join a diverse panel of experts and advocates as they discuss this growing public health crisis. Together we will explore new ways to solve homelessness.

You can view the program livestream video here



Underwritten by Kaiser Permanente

August 14, 2019

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
United States


Jamie Almanza

Executive Director, Bay Area Community Services

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Josh Green

M.D., Lt. Governor of Hawaii

Margot Kushel, M.D.

Director, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations and UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative

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Mark Ridley-Thomas

Los Angeles County Supervisor; Co-Lead, California’s Commission on Homelessness and Supportive Housing

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Darrell Steinberg

Mayor of Sacramento; Co-Lead, California’s Commission on Homelessness and Supportive Housing

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Raj Mathai

News Anchor, NBC Bay Area—Moderator

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Bernard J. Tyson

Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente—Introductory Remarks