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Paul Leon, RN, BSN, PHN

Paul Leon, RN, BSN, PHN

Senior Fellow

Paul Leon, RN, BSN, PHN, is a senior fellow of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve America’s health through Nursing.

As a County of Orange Health Care Agency Public Health Nurse, Paul Leon was instrumental in the conception and development of the Comprehensive Health Assessment Team for the homeless (CHAT-H) and the Mobile Unit Teams (MUT), bringing targeted services to the underserved at the individual, family, community, and systems levels of practice. Paul served as a speaker and consultant for pioneering innovative funding methods for recuperative care with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) across the country and in Puerto Rico.

CEO & Founder of the Illumination Foundation (IF), a grassroots non-profit organization whose mission is to disrupt the cycle of homelessness by providing stable housing and wrap-around services to homeless families through their programs, Paul also pioneered IF’s Recuperative Care Program, now the country’s largest program, to manage the discharge of homeless patients from hospitals. Paul has been recognized for the foundation’s work with the PIMCO Leadership Circle Award, the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and Illumination Foundation was named one of the top ten non-profit organizations in Orange County. Paul was named one of 10 AARP Well-Being Champions and in 2019, won the AARP Purpose Prize Award.

In addition to serving on several advisory committees for organizations including the UC Irvine School of Nursing and the Mental Health Association of Orange County, Paul mentors and conducts classes for students at Cal-State Long Beach, Cal-State Fullerton, Biola University, Concordia University, USC School of Social Work, and UCI’s School of Medicine. He also consults with CHOC’s Residency Program and the Kaiser Family Resident Program and served on the Board of Directors for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC).