2014 Breslau Award
Karen Badger: 2014 Alan & Delwyn Breslau Award Recipient
Karen Badger is the 2014 recipient of the Alan & Delwyn Breslau Award, the highest distinction the Phoenix Society can bestow. She was selected for her “enthusiastic and visionary service” to the Phoenix Society and the burn community, says Society President Patrick Horan. He describes her dedication to the Phoenix Society, from being an integral part of the Phoenix SOAR program as it relates to the fire service to evaluating the efficiency of Phoenix Society programs, as being “appreciated and admired by the entire organization.”
Karen, who is a social worker with 25 years of experience, as well as the associate dean of social work and assistant provost of undergraduate education at the University of Kentucky, brings the unique perspective of a researcher, mental health provider, and administrator to her work with the organization.
On behalf of the Phoenix Society, she has collaborated with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Charitable Foundation and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to adapt the Phoenix SOAR® peer support program to better meet the needs of the fire service. She has been involved in the Phoenix World Burn Congress, developing and leading sessions, as well as working with the Phoenix Society and the fire service partners to expand Phoenix WBC offerings specifically for the fire service and their families. Karen has worked with the Phoenix Society to construct and carry out a needs assessment after The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island and evaluations of programs, such as Phoenix SOAR, Journey Back, and UBelong. She has partnered with the Phoenix Society to present initiatives at national conferences and other forums.
Karen has been a frequent contributor to Burn Support News (now Phoenix Burn Support Magazine). She has also served as a member of the Aftercare Reintegration Committee—a joint effort of the American Burn Association (ABA) and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors.
Recognizing Karen’s numerous contributions that have not only significantly enhanced the ability of the Society to fulfill its mission but also enhanced the greater burn community, the Phoenix Society president thanked her for her years of work, tireless devotion, and inspirational leadership.