Shauna Hahn doesn’t hesitate to admit that working at Old Town Recovery Center, Central City Concern’s flagship behavioral and mental health program, can be difficult. There, as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, she works with individuals who are homeless and impoverished. Most have experienced trauma; all live with severe mental illness. But in the midst of meeting with patients, coordinating care within and outside CCC, and collaborating with her team to problem solve patients’ crises, Shauna finds meaning and inspiration in those she serves.
“Sticking with this work and our patients lets me find the deeper layer. This work shows me the best parts of humanity.”
Her George Gordon First Nation heritage and upbringing shaped her commitment to service and compassion, which she’s translated into a decade-long career devoted to caring for OTRC’s vulnerable population. Shauna’s warmth and humor open up genuine relationships with her patients, some of whom have remained engaged with her for nearly 10 years, an exceptional length of continuous care in the world of community health.
Shauna is a tireless advocate for those she serves, working to ensure her patients feel as welcomed and comfortable as possible while receiving care. Still, she knows that so many of the individuals she sees have gone far too long without experiencing kindness, or having their suffering acknowledged, or being validated as fundamentally good people. Shauna seeks to remedy that.
“We love people here who aren’t loved in other places.”
Ten years in, Shauna still pursues continuous improvement in what she knows and how she relates to her patients. She approaches her work and her patients with soulfulness and humility, an approach she trusts will make this corner of the world a better place.
“I’ve experienced more than my share of moments of beautiful humanity here.”
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Shauna's story is part of Central City Concern's week-long series to celebrate National Health Center Week by highlighting just a few of the many extraordinary people who make the work of CCC's health centers possible. The week of August 9 through August 15 is a time to recognize the services and contributions of health centers that provide affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people throughout the United States.
Learn more about CCC and National Health Center Week by reading a post introducing this series from Leslie Tallyn, CCC's Chief Clinical Operations Officer.