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Rachel Post has over 20 years of experience designing and implementing innovative evidence-based and nationally recognized programs that improve the social determinants of health for vulnerable populations including those exiting homelessness and incarceration, and those with complex primary and behavioral health conditions.
During her 15 combined years at Central City Concern (CCC), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and affordable housing provider in Portland, Oregon, Rachel led their federal, state, and local advocacy efforts as their public policy director. In this capacity, Rachel constructed cross-system collaborations, contributed to Portland’s ending homelessness plan, served as the co-chair of the Oregon Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Alliance and represented CCC’s innovative practices nationally. Rachel contributed to a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued brief that recognized the importance of CCC’s model of alcohol and drug-free housing and how communities could incorporate it into their ending homelessness plans. She also worked to advance recognition of this model to the White House Office of Drug Control Policy and in a congressional hearing.
Prior to Rachel’s work in the public policy arena, she designed and implemented CCC’s chronic homeless Housing First assertive community treatment (ACT) team which was recognized with a SAMHSA exemplary program award in 2003. She also designed and implemented the country’s first evidence-based practice supported employment program for those with primary substance use disorders exiting homelessness and a program that expedited supplemental security income awards by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
As director of Substance Treatment Services and Community Outreach at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Rachel oversaw the implementation of 3 chronic homeless Housing First ACT (ACT) teams, an SSA innovation grant, and development of a city-wide community street outreach program. In 2006, Rachel was interviewed by and featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker magazine article “Million Dollar Murray” for her oversight of the Denver Housing First Initiative.
Rachel has presented at multiple national housing and health care conferences, served as an adjunct professor at Portland State University and engaged with federal leadership of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Labor (DOL), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Social Security Administration (SSA) for over a decade.
Rachel earned her Master of Science in social work from the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from New England College. She is a licensed clinical social worker.
Rachel enjoys spending her free time watching her 9-year-old daughter Lera and her gaggle of friends make dance videos.