The Health Communication Research Institute, Inc.

The Health Communication Research Institute, Inc. (HCRI, Inc.), a 501, (c), 3 nonprofit corporation, was founded in 1989 with a mission to improve communication around end-of-life issues and to reduce health disparities among underserved populations, including the homeless. Since 2015, the focus of HCRI, Inc. has been to establish Joshua's House, the first hospice house for those experiencing homelessness at the end of life on the West Coast.

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Executive Director

Executive Director Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater PhD

Senior Staff

Name Title
Mr. Jose Martinez Director of Development
Justin Sayklay Public Relations Consultant
Julie Interrante Director of Holistic Care


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Outstanding Grantee Sierra Health Foundation 1991
Lifetime Achievement Award Sacramento Public Relations Assocation 2002
Distinguished Faculty Award California State University, Sacramento Alumni Assocation 2003
21st Century Award for Achievement in Health Communcation The International Biographical Centre 2003
Joyce Raley Teel Award for Outstanding Dediction to Breast Health Susan G. Komen fof the Cure 2011