Karen Hacker

Harvard Medical School, USA


Karen Hacker works as the Executive Director of the Institute for Community Health (ICH), a community research organization dedicated to improving the health of communities. She serves as an Associate Professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) and at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also the Senior Medical Director of the Public and Community Health at Cambridge Health Alliance. She has more than 20 years of experience working with diverse populations as a public health leader, health care administrator, primary care physician, and CBPR researcher. She served as interim Chief Public Officer for the City of Cambridge and the Division Director for Child and Adolescent Health at the Boston Public Health Commission before coming to the institute and is now leading the population health agenda for the Cambridge Health Alliance. Her research and programming experience has touched on a wide range of areas including child mental health, adolescent risk taking and substance abuse, school-based health centers, and obesity prevention. She received her B.A. degree from Yale University, her M.D. degree from Northwestern University, and her M.P.H. degree from Boston University. Hacker is an internist, adolescent medicine specialist, and primary care provider.

Biography Updated on 10 January 2013

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