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Karen L. Blumen, Deputy Director
Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Community Relations

Karen L. Blumen 

Karen L. Blumen is the Department of Human Services (DHS) Deputy Director responsible for the Office of Community Relations. She has worked for the county since 1996 and is responsible for the creation, oversight, and on-going management of internal and external communications and public affairs operations for the Department, its offices and many programs. Specific responsibilities include: proactive, reactive, and crisis-oriented media relations; public relations; publications; public events for the Department and in collaboration with partners in the community; public awareness campaigns to educate the community about human services issues; content of the DHS website and intranet; generating alternative financial support for the Department and its consumers; promoting greater awareness of disability issues and the coordination of services to the disability community through the Allegheny Link to Aging and Disability Resources; ensuring greater access to information about services available through the Department; and ensuring an appropriate response to complaints about the Department, its services, staff, case management and activities through the Director’s Action Line. Ms. Blumen also serves as the Department's officer for open records requests.

The Department, which has received numerous awards and national recognition for its innovative practices, was showcased as a model in child welfare twice by ABC World News tonight and by CNN’s NewsNight. DHS has also been profiled on PBS Frontline and featured in the New York Times and U.S. News and World Report.

Karen was the 2006 recipient of the Family Resources Outstanding Achievement Award for her contribution to child abuse awareness and prevention. She served as a Sponsor Committee Member on the Positioning Public Child Welfare Initiative: Strengthening Families for the 21st Century, a partnership of NAPCWA and Casey Family Programs, and chaired the Communications Subcommittee.  She currently serves on the PA 211 Southwest advisory board.

Karen received both her BA and JD degree from the University of Pittsburgh where she serves as a field instructor and adjunct faculty with the School of Social Work.