Headshot of Karen Hudson

Karen Hudson, MSW, LSW

  • Lecturer, MSW Program

Karen M. Hudson, MSW, LSW, is recognized locally and nationally for being a strong and passionate advocate dedicated to eliminating health disparities among children and families experiencing homelessness. Also recognized for being a mentor to these families as well as a teacher to healthcare providers in training, Karen serves full-time as Program Leader of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Homeless Health Initiative (CHOP/HHI), an award-winning, volunteer health outreach/health promotion program that provides access to free health services, health education to families and staff in homeless shelters, enhancement of healthcare professionals’ knowledge of and exposure to homelessness and its impact on children’s lives and their health, and provides advocacy on behalf of this most vulnerable population. Karen is pursuing her Ph.D in Public Health at Walden University and she is also a faculty member of the Maternal Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (CHOP/LEND) fellowship program, mentoring fellows and teaching on the topics of cultural diversity and community engagement. Karen has demonstrated exceptional leadership which has resulted in her nomination as a National Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader and to her being the recipient of numerous awards, including the Society of Social Work Leadership in Health Care Kermit B. Nash Award, University of Pennsylvania Women of Color Faculty/Staff Outstanding Achievement Award, and the National Health Care for the Homeless Local Hero Award.

SP2 News

Christina Bach on Penn's campus

Faculty & Research, Alumni Stories

Oncology Social Workers: Navigating Health Care and Supporting Families

When Christina Bach tells people what she does for a living, they usually respond with, “Oh, I could never do...

Imrul Mazid

Student Life

Connecting Communities: NPL Student & AMCLI Fellow Reflects on Muslim American Nonprofit Leadership

For Imrul Mazid, a student in the Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) program at Penn’s School of Social...

Catherine Wilsnack and Allison Werner-Lin

Faculty & Research, Alumni Stories

SP2 Alumna Earns National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Research Training Award Fellowship

For the last decade, Allison Werner-Lin, PhD, LCSW, associate professor at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), has...

SP2 Task Force-selected books for "One Book, One SP2": Unapologetic and White Fragility

Faculty & Research, Student Life

One Book, One SP2: Students, Faculty, and Staff to Engage in Readings, Dialogue Around Race, Intersectionality, and Social Justice

This summer, the entire School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) community has been invited to engage in a collective...

Discover More