Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58Karen Hudson gives hope to families going through stressful times. These families have lost their homes and are living temporarily in shelters where they have a place to sleep and food to eat. The children also see doctors, nurses, and dentists, thanks to the program Ms. Hudson leads, the Homeless Health Initiative of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). “We take healthcare to them. ... We want them to be as healthy as you and me,” says Ms. Hudson. Like all children, those who are experiencing homelessness need regular health checkups. Ms. Hudson oversees CHOP volunteers, including doctors, dentists, and nurses, who visit the shelters to care for children who are sick or need medical guidance and referrals. Sometimes during these visits, the doctors identify serious conditions, such as heart problems, and then find appropriate care. In addition, Ms. Hudson says, she helps arrange healthy activities such as Zumba, yoga, and nutrition classes for families. The doctors and dentists provide care and referrals to about 175 children in three shelters in Philadelphia each year. Health education classes are offered in another three shelters. Ms. Hudson is involved in many of these activities—and more. In addition to overseeing the schedule of visits and setting up classes, she often leads or par- ticipates in classes in the homeless shelters and teaches volunteers and medical professionals about homelessness. She also talks with shelter staffers to see what’s needed and how she and her volunteers can help. “I have a lot of meetings,” she says. In short, Ms. Hudson is always looking for ways to make life better for the families served by the Homeless Health Initiative. She recalls the story of a family who came to a shelter because they had no place to stay after the mother lost her job. Trying to get back on her feet, the mother wanted to complete her college degree. However, to pursue her degree, she had to take classes at night, which meant arriving at the shelter after curfew. Ms. Hudson talked to the shelter manager, who made an exception to the curfew rules for the mother. Ms. Hudson says the Karen Hudson Keeping families healthy when they’ve lost their homes 18