Karen Hill, PhD, ANP-C, MSN, RN
San Francisco, CA
Karen Hill is a doctoral-prepared, board-certified advance practice registered nurse with a specialty in environmental and occupational health and clinical training in adult, adolescent and young adult health. An expert in workplace health and safety, Karen is exceptionally skilled in workforce assessment, engagement and development. Her clinical capabilities span primary care, acute care, outpatient care, home health care transitions, and trauma-informed systems of care. She is experienced in the social determinates of health and health disparities and community engagement of underserved populations.
Karen has consulted with non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and community-based organizations. She is an analytical and growth-minded professional with expertise in cultivating culturally sensitive collaborations. She has a proven track record of leading workplace transformation by enhancing operations and building dynamic, patient-centered, outcome-driven teams. She guides her clients in fully engaging patients and staff, improving patient outcomes, and reducing costs.
Current HMA projects include a three-year continuous quality improvement (CQI) training program for one of California’s largest health systems and the care management redesign of a 5,000-member physician independent practice association. Supporting the move towards national clinical recognition standards, Karen provides ongoing patient-centered medical home technical assistance to 11 rural and frontier clinics in Idaho. In the second largest health system in the country, Karen developed and administered an evidenced-based preceptor training course, resulting in the first cohort of nurse preceptors receiving evidence-based training. She has also developed new relationships with academic institutions for clinical rotations, vibrant volunteer networks, comprehensive service learning programs, and a career ladder for support staff.
Prior to HMA, Karen was vice president of programs for the Center for Youth Wellness, a research center for children and families exposed to adverse childhood experiences. As a member of the senior management team, Karen directed strategic planning, operations and compliance. She also facilitated four major strategic partnerships, generating an additional $4.5 million in annual funding.
Karen brings both clinical and administrative perspective to client projects. She was clinic manager for Glide Health Services, a nurse-led clinic serving a largely homeless, racially diverse population, in San Francisco. Using data and leveraging partnerships, Karen expanded community access to primary health services. She launched a new Wellness Center, which included alternative medicine, and instituted a breast health program with California Pacific Medical Center, which provided screening and treatment for 400 women annually. Karen also introduced a new social case management program and onsite adult dental health program.
She built academic partnerships with Yale University, Cal State East Bay, and University of San Francisco; and piloted the first RN Transitions Residency Program with University of San Francisco. Karen’s participation in grant writing generated $12 million in federal, state and foundation funding. Her leadership also directly resulted in better health outcomes among low-wage clinic workers, reduced employee attrition, and increased staff morale and performance.
A BlueShield Clinic Leadership Graduate and TeamStepps Master Trainer, Karen is a nursing adjunct faculty member at University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) and Yale School of Nursing.
Karen earned her doctorate of nursing and master’s degree in nursing from UCSF and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of San Francisco.
Karen is married, has a beautiful family, and enjoys travel, movies, art, music and dancing.