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2009 Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award Goes to Associate Professor of Nursing, Karen Breda

.Nursing Professor, Karen Breda (Center) Breda (center) assists RN to BSN student in assessment of client.

Karen Lucas Breda, associate professor of nursing in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) received the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award at the May 17, 2009, commencement ceremony.  The award honors a full-time University of Hartford faculty member for sustained service to the University.

Breda is director of Project Horizon, a community service program that places nursing students and other members of the University community in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, neighborhood and transitional living centers, and schools in Greater Hartford.  Breda’s students, who are all registered nurses, spend six hours a week for an entire academic year treating clients in these community settings and helping them improve the quality of their lives.  By working with these vulnerable clients, Breda’s students develop a deep understanding of their individual needs as well as the cultural, political, and economic forces that have a profound impact on their health. 

Breda, who is both a trained anthropologist and a nurse with an extensive clinical background, is also a highly respected researcher who works with international colleagues to help shape the future of health care

Prior Trachtenberg Honorees:

Faculty from the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions who have been honored by receiving the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award in the past are:


Karen Barrett, ENHP, Clinical Laboratory Science


Regina Miller, ENHP, Education


Mary W. Schulze, ENHP, Nursing


S. Edward Weinswig, ENHP, Education