Karen Frederickson Comer

Director, Collaborative Research and Community Health Informatics

Karen Frederickson Comer is Director, Collaborative Research and Community Health Informatics for The Polis Center at IUPUI.   In this role, she fosters research partnerships and community collaborations to advance the application of community information and spatial technologies to the analysis of local, state, and national health issues.  Currently, Comer is co-lead of the Indiana Partnership for Healthy Communities and is actively working with hospitals, health departments, and community-based organizations to build their capacity for evidence-driven community assessment and planning.  She is dedicated to translating knowledge generated by both the academy and by communities into improved and sustainable processes for understanding and effecting community health.  She has published in peer-reviewed journals on the spatial integration of community information with clinical data systems to advance community health needs assessment and to address social determinants of health.  Comer holds an MLA from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and a BSc from McGill University and is currently working on her doctoral degree in Health Policy and Management from the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.