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Karen Hacker, MD, MPH — Contributing Investigator

Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, is the Executive Director of Institute for Community Health (ICH), a community research organization within the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA).  She is an Associate Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Senior Medical Director for Public and Community Health at CHA.  She received her MD from Northwestern University and her MPH from Boston University.  Dr. Hacker is an internist, adolescent medicine specialist and primary care provider in a CHA pediatric setting.  She has spent her career working with diverse urban populations, including African-American, Latino, and Asian.  She is also a public health and clinical researcher who has been the PI on a number of federally funded (SAMHSA, CDC, and MCHB) projects and is currently on the leadership team for the Community Health Innovation and Research Program of the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).  Dr Hacker’s areas of interest are primary care, adolescent and immigrant health, behavioral health screening, and integrating behavioral and physical health.  She has examined child mental health from a public health perspective as well as within primary care.  Dr. Hacker also served as a consultant to the State of Massachusetts for behavioral health screening for Medicaid children and is currently the co-director of the data committee for the Massachusetts Child Behavioral Health Advisory Council.  As the PI on the Healthy Tomorrows and the Integrated Care for Children grants (both funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of HRSA) she has led efforts to incorporate behavioral health screening into pediatric primary care.  She has also investigated a series of questions on mental health screening in pediatric primary care.  She is currently working on an analysis of local and statewide data to ascertain the effect of behavioral health screening on health utilization and is also collaborating with Dr. Wissow, the Center’s executive director, on the development of a primary care intervention to improve identification and referral uptake for behavioral health problems.  Dr. Hacker is one of the Center’s resources for expertise on screening in pediatric care and on the integration of mental health into primary care.


Contact Information:
Senior Medical Director, Public and Community Health Cambridge Health Alliance
Executive Director, Institute for Community Health
163 Gore Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
Tel: 617-499-6681
Fax: 617-499-6665