Emerging Leaders Board September Speaker Series: BHCHP’s Family Team

Emerging Leaders Board September Speaker Series: BHCHP’s Family Team


Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 7pm EST via Zoom.


Aura Obando, MD, the Medical Director of the Family Team and Linda Smith, MA, ATR-BC, LMHC, Manager of Behavioral Health Services for the Family Team, will speak about the impact of homelessness on their patients and share the work they do to serve families, unaccompanied youth, and young adults experiencing homelessness in the Boston area.


BHCHP’s family team of medical providers, mental health clinicians, case managers and others, provides services at about a dozen family and domestic violence shelters, one Waltham hotel, two homeless youth shelters, and through an outreach van focusing on teenagers living on the streets.


Learn more about BHCHP’s Family Services here: https://www.bhchp.org/family-services


Email Amanda McKenney at amckenney@bhchp.org with event related questions.


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About the speakers

Linda M. Smith, MA, ATR-BC, LMHC

Ms. Smith earned a Master’s degree from Lesley University in 1985. Prior to and since that time, she has worked in a number of behavioral health settings including hospitals, specialized school settings, teen programs, outpatient clinics and most recently, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) for the past 24 years. At BHCHP, she provides behavioral health services to children, teens, adults, and families in the family shelter system in the greater Boston area. Ms. Smith specializes in the use of Expressive Therapies, particularly with children, and is a registered, board-certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC). Ms. Smith is the Manager of BH Services for Family Team and serves on both the BH and Family Team leadership groups. She is the coordinator for BH internship placements at BHCHP. In addition to her clinical and supervisory work, Ms. Smith was also an adjunct faculty member for 5 years at the Graduate School of Lesley University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician in the state of Massachusetts.


Aura Obando, MD, is the medical director of the family team and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to the United States when she was 8 years old. Aura is also board certified in addiction medicine. Her primary interests lie in immigration, women’s health, childhood poverty, youth homelessness, and addiction. She received her B.S. in biology from Duke University and subsequently served in the United States Peace Corps in Paraguay. Aura received her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital.