Director, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Kevonya Elzia, MA, BS, RN, is the Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion at the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council. She has been in healthcare for 22 years, 19 as a nurse in various roles from acute care to community health nursing working in permanent supportive housing. She engages from a perspective of healing-centered restorative engagement which looks at how can what's right be used to support the healing and restoration of the person or community from harms that occur. And focuses on supporting organizations in seeing racial healing as integral to public health and personal well-being. Over the last 10 years, her work in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in healthcare has expanded to include directly addressing the intersecting systems that feed into the health disparities patients experience, by developing curricula and tools to aid individuals and organizations in dismantling the systems and social practices that perpetuate cycles of internalized, interpersonal, and institutional oppression.