Lowell Community Health Center – Senior Director of
Integrated Care Management and Coordination
Karen was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017.
Karen leads the Behavioral Health Community Partner program
working on Care Coordination and Management for individuals with Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders.
Much of her career leading up to her current role involved leading the local HIV programming and community HIV/AIDS education and outreach efforts. She has helped to increase and diversify funding to enhance existing HIV services, which include prevention, screening, and treatment for HIV, HCV, and
sexually transmitted infections, routine HIV testing, HIV case management, peer support, HIV specialty, primary care, and treatment adherence programming. She has also been involved in developing LCHC's Sub-Saharan Faith Based Collaborative, which was created to engage sub-Saharan African organizations of faith in HIV prevention and education. Peer to Peer: Moving Towards a Medical Case Management Model.
Karen's interest in staff development has further led her to facilitate the health center's annual program manager retreat, where she has provided guidance in the areas of strategic planning, cultural competency, and professional development. In 2003 and 2007, Karen was awarded the HIV caregivers award. And in 2010, she received a Sister Willie Leadership Award for her dedication, compassion, and commitment to those living with HIV.
In 2010, Karen became a graduate of The Lowell Plan's Public Matters: Empowering Lowell's Leaders program and in 2017 she received a Certificate in Community Health and Community Health Center Management from Suffolk University.
Karen received her BS from University of Massachusetts – Lowell
and now resides in Bradford, MA.