No One Should Die Alone on the Street
"No One Should Die Alone on the Street" explains how men and women become homeless and the impact of homelessness on their overall health and well-being. The webinar also will explore the needs, concerns, and wishes of those who are homeless and terminally ill, and how Joshua's House Hospice will address those needs and concerns in a comforting, safe, and loving home-like environment while providing quality hospice care.
Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater, MA, PhD, MPH
Founder and Director
Joshua's House, Sacramento
Marlene M. von Friederichs-Fitzwater is the Founder and Executive Director of Joshua’s House, the first hospice house for terminally ill homeless men and women on the West Coast and the seventh in the country (to open in Sacramento in the Spring of 2020) and an adjunct professor in the University of San Francisco Master’s in Public Health Program.
She retired in January of 2016 as an associate professor of hematology/oncology (1987-2016) in the UC Davis School of Medicine, where she also developed and directed the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Outreach Research and Education Program; created and directed the LGBTQI Cancer Health Task Force; and served as adjunct faculty in the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and in the UC Davis MPH Program.
Dr. von Friederichs-Fitzwater is also professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento, where she served for 20 years (1985-2005) as a professor in communication studies including three years as department chair. During her tenure, she was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1999 and was named a Minority Faculty Mentor in 1996.
She is the founder and Executive Director of The Health Communication Research Institute (HCRI). Established in 1989, HCRI is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to reduce health disparities and health care inequities, specifically among the homeless and underserved populations. She is a California Legislative Ambassador for the American Cancer Society and is a cervical cancer spokesperson for the California Medical Association Foundation. She was a national consultant for the American Medical Association Ethics Task Force on Physician/Patient Communication.
Dr. von Friederichs-Fitzwater received the Quintus C. Wilson Alumni Achievement Award in 2018 from the University of Utah; will receive the Alumni Achievement Award from Westminster College in Salt Lake in April, 2019; and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D) Degree from California State University and California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) in May, 2019.