Karen currently serves in Tennessee State Government in the office of the Department of Human Services (DHS). In her current capacity as Director of Family Assistance Contracts, Karen plays a pivotal role in contract development and programming that supports the Tennessee’ Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)-Families First and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) programs. Additionally, Karen oversees the department’s two-generation approach service delivery model, with the goal of reducing poverty and closing the gaps in health disparities, social determinants of health, educational success, and economic security, that are preventing low income families of Tennessee ability to thrive through two-generation solutions. Through this holistic parent-child 2Gen framework, the Department is collaborating with partners across the state to create innovative community-based services to give low-income families a “double boost” in their efforts to achieve economic success and stability.
3:30 PM–4:45 PM Jul 22, 2019 (US - Eastern)