Executive Director, AmeriCares Free Clinics
Areas of Expertise:
- Health care for the uninsured
- Affordable Care Act and the uninsured
- Free clinic management and best practices
- Community engagement and volunteerism
Karen Gottlieb is an expert on health care services for the uninsured. As the executive director of Connecticut’s largest free clinic program and a board member of the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, she can speak to the issue of health care reform on both a national and a local level.
Karen joined AmeriCares in 1994 and started the organization’s first free clinic in Norwalk, Connecticut, to meet the growing health care needs of the working poor. She was named executive director in 1996. Under her leadership, AmeriCares opened three more clinics in Bridgeport, Danbury and Stamford, Connecticut. To date, the program has provided more than 26,000 patients with $65 million in free medical services.
Karen oversees and directs all activities of the four AmeriCares clinics, including program development, recruitment of staff and nearly 300 volunteers, training, community awareness and fundraising. She also develops the strategic vision and plan for overall growth and development for AmeriCares Free Clinics. Prior to joining AmeriCares, Karen served as a critical care instructor, established and directed a multidisciplinary cardiac rehabilitation program and started a cardiac rehabilitation association for the state of Connecticut.
Karen earned a nursing degree from Russell Sage College as well as a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Karen has been interviewed by CNN, Fox News, The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal, among many other media outlets.