Housing Issues for At Risk Populations

Wednesday, November 8: 10:45am – 12:15pm

As Ohio progresses towards achieving a functional end to chronic homelessness, growing attention focuses on serving high-risk populations and the intersection between housing and wellness. This session will cover topics including foster youth transitioning, infant mortality, aging in place and opiate recovery.


Celia Elkins, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Celia Elkins, is a housing planner in the Planning Preservation and Development Department (PP&D) for the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) where she brings over 16 years of nonprofit affordable housing training and development experience. Ms. Elkins is responsible for guidelines that align with the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), planning focus groups, forums and partner visits with stakeholders across the state as well as research and collaboration with other State Housing Finance Agencies, nonprofits and public policy agencies to address and promote affordable housing. Prior to her employment at OHFA Ms. Elkins was the Director of Member Services with the Ohio CDC Association where she managed the Americorps VISTA program, supervised staff, planned and coordinated all activities for the annual conference, lobby day and technology conferences. Additionally, Ms. Elkins assisted with fundraising activities, Request for Proposal (RFP) processes, consultant contracts, budget development, membership recruitment and retention strategies and connecting members to resources around the state. Ms. Elkins holds a Bachelor's Degree in Health Services Administration from Wilberforce University and a Master's in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Ms. Elkins has completed the Housing Development Finance Professional Certification with the National Development Council and is currently attending classes to complete the Economic Development Finance Certification.


Deena J. Chisolm, PhD., Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Population Health and Equity Research
Dr. Deena Chisolm is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at The Ohio State University and Director of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Population Health and Equity Research. Her research focuses on improving health and healthcare for children with over 60 peer-reviewed papers on pediatric health services, outcomes, and disparities. Her current projects explore how health literacy, health policy, and social factors including housing influence the health of at-risk adolescents transitioning to adulthood. Her research is funded by agencies including the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Chisolm currently serves as Board Member for the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and a member of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education. She earned her B.S. in Biological Science Education from Miami University and her M.S. in Preventive Medicine and Doctorate in Public Health from The Ohio State University.

Regina Clemons, Community Properties of Ohio (CPO)
Ms. Clemons, Director of Resident Services joined Community Properties of Ohio in November of 2016 and is responsible for providing leadership to CPO's resident service division, CPO Impact. She applies her expertise in quality assurance management and fiscal responsive expertise to seek highly-successful and cost-controlled results. Ms. Clemons began her career as a Senior Service Coordinator with the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority in Toledo, OH. She brings over 25 years' experience in non-profit management and housing. She is a strong visionary, delivering success through building, leading, and inspiring staff that realizes and increases performance while remaining dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions that satisfies the organization goal.