Karen Frederickson Comer

Director, Collaborative Research and Community Health Informatics

In her role as Director of Collaborative Research and Community Health Informatics at The Polis Center, Karen Frederickson Comer fosters research partnerships and community collaborations to advance the application of community and geographic information to the analysis of local, state, and national health issues. Her work includes: analysis of the social and structural determinants of health; collaboration with healthcare systems, government agencies, community-based organizations, and philanthropic organizations; building the capacity of collaborators for evidence-driven community assessment and planning; and translating knowledge generated both by the academy and by communities into improved and sustainable processes for understanding and effecting population health.