Executive Director Heartland Health Outreach and Vice President Heartland Alliance
Karen Batia, Ph.D., is executive director of Heartland Health Outreach and Vice President of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights: she oversees primary and oral health services, outpatient and residential mental health and addictions treatment, refugee health programs, cross-cultural interpreting services, and a continuum of other services that support people with limited access to care. In that capacity, she is designing and implementing integrated health services in order to better position the agency to respond to health care reform. Karen came to Heartland in 1996 to oversee HHO’s homeless residential services.
From 2004 until 2010, she served as senior director of Heartland Health Outreach’s Mental Health & Addiction Services, where she oversaw program development, fundraising, fiscal management, strategic planning, and all other aspects of managing 15 outpatient and residential programs. Target populations were individuals who have a severe and persistent mental illness, who are homeless, and who often have a co-occurring substance use disorder, as well as refugees. During that time, she also spearheaded the founding of the Midwest Harm Reduction Institute and served as Heartland Alliance’s chief clinical officer, overseeing clinical care and quality for HHO and its partner organizations, which included creating and implementing its Philosophy of Care.