Dr. Karen Hahn has received several awards for her leadership in community health. She founded the Center for Faith and Health Initiatives, an interfaith community health agency, where she provided and supervised 200+ community health outreach workers in 6 cities. These multiethnic leaders organized volunteers and partnerships and gave more than 100,000 free health and social services valued at more than $4 ½ annually in underserved communities. She has authored more than 2 dozen articles and book chapters, designed and taught a master’s program in faith community health, and coordinates a faith-based congregational health coalition. Trained both as a spiritual director and professional chaplain, she established a lay pastoral care training center. She has trained and supported over 150 faith community health nurses and pastoral caregivers.
Dr. Hahn organized dozens of international, national, and statewide conferences on health, community, and spirituality. She has presented for over one hundred professional and community conferences. Her research has included community-based participatory research, interdisciplinary, ethnography, quantitative and qualitative methods.
She earned her PhD in nursing at Texas Woman’s University. Her experience includes over 35 years in nursing in various roles, such executive director, nurse faculty, expert witness, nurse consultant, health supervisor, hospital educator, nurse manager, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, home health nurse, faith community nurse, and staff nurse in a wide range of settings. Her areas of expertise are community health, gerontology, and spirituality.