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Nov 01, 2011

Doctor for Homeless Receives Leadership Award


Community Health Leadership


David S. Buck, MD, MPH, President and founder of Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston, received the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities 2011 Community Health Leadership Award October 27 at the Bishop’s Leadership Council Dinner hosted by St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System.


“Dr. Buck’s exemplary leadership is critical to the health and well-being of our community’s most underserved and we are grateful for the model he provides all of us,” said the Rt. Rev. C.  Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas and Chair of the Charities. 


Inspired by his work with Mother Teresa in India nearly 30 years ago, Buck has spent the last 14 years improving the quality of healthcare for Houston’s homeless. He founded Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston (HHH), a consortium of more than 30 community-based agencies, healthcare clinicians, educational institutions and public organizations in 2000 and helped develop healthcare services, programs and legislative advocacy necessary to advance health in this vulnerable population.  Buck also serves as a physician at Baylor College of Medicine.


As part of Buck’s recognition, a gift of $50,000 will be presented to Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston, which delivered primary healthcare to more than 10,000 last year.


As part of the healing ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, the Bishop’s Leadership Council provides the Charities with long-term support of its mission and extends the reach of the Charities’ endowment through an annual giving program of individual pledges. The pledges are applied collectively to the applicant receiving the highest priority affirmed by voting Council members annually.


The St Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, a supporting organization of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, conducts research and distributes grants to provide community health services to the underserved and motivates others to join in these efforts. Now in its seventh year, the Community Health Leadership Award honors each year the efforts of one outstanding nonprofit community health leader who is motivated to use their knowledge and skills to reach out and advance community health in body, mind and spirit.