Maureen is smiling. Her hair is pulled up into a half bun and she has a nose ring.

Maureen Burns

Senior Community Education Associate

Maureen Burns is a Community Health Worker (CHW) with The HAP Foundation. The HAP Foundation is a nonprofit leader with a refined focus to elevate access to and increase understanding of hospice and palliative care through community and clinical education, workforce development, research, and advocacy. Community health workers are frontline public health workers who reflect the communities they serve and act as a bridge between community members and healthcare entities, working to build trust and increase accessibility. As a CHW, Maureen works in and around her community in Rogers Park and West Ridge, providing free education about serious illnesses, end-of-life care, advance directives, and cultural considerations at end-of-life. The goal of this outreach is to provide culturally affirming education on highly stigmatized subjects, while also increasing awareness of and access to quality healthcare at all stages of life. In addition to her work with The HAP Foundation, Maureen is a student at Northeastern Illinois University, currently pursuing her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. She is also a devoted mother of one daughter. Maureen is a deaf woman who utilizes a cochlear implant. She seeks to grow her leadership skills and engage in collaborative work to build capacity within the Disabled community.

Community Inclusion, Disability, HealthEquity, Social Justice
Health and Human Services, Human Relations, Seniors, Community Education, Hospice Care, Public Health, and Resource Navigation.