Research Interests

  • Population Health Systems and Services, including community health needs assessment, implementation strategy, and community benefit.
  • Public Health Systems and Services, including community health assessment and community health improvement planning.
  • Health Information Systems, including development of measures of community health and social determinants of health.

Selected Publications

Dixon B.E., J. Zou, K.F. Comer, M. Rosenman, J.L. Craig, P. Gibson. “Using electronic health record data to improve community health assessment,” Front Public Health Serv Sys Res 2016; 5(5):50–6. DOI:

Meyerson B.E., King J., Comer K., Liu S.S., Miller L. “It's Not Just a Yes or No Answer: Expressions of Local Health Department Accreditation.” Front Public Health. 2016 Feb 16;4:21. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00021. eCollection 2016.

Comer, K.F., J. Gibson, J. Zou, M. Rosenman, and B.E. Dixon. “Enabling Geographically Specific Investigation of Health Disparities and Social Determinants using EHRs”. Proceedings of the 143nd American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition. Chicago, Illinois. November 2015.

Comer, K.F., M. Rosenman, J. Gibson, and B.E. Dixon. “Feasibility of Using Geocoded Electronic Health Records for Community Health Assessment”. Proceedings of the 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association (APHA). New Orleans, Louisiana. November 2014.

Bute, J.J., K.F. Comer, K. M. Lauten, H.Y. Sanematsu, C. M. Moore, D. Lynch, and N. R. Chumbler. “Implementation of a Journal Prototype for Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents”. Evaluation and Program Planning, 46:122-30, October 2014. PMID: 24973758.

Staten, L.K., T. Weathers, K.F. Comer, J. Colbert, M. Rosenman, and C. Mushi-Brunt. “Using social determinants of health to visualize comparative “lived experience” in urban neighborhoods” (Poster). Proceedings of the 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2014.

Comer, K.F., S. Grannis, B. Dixon, D. Bodenhamer, and S. Wiehe. “Incorporating geospatial capacity within clinical data systems to address social determinants of health.” Public Health Reports, September 2011 Supplement 3 / Volume 126. PMID: 21836738.

Bodenhamer, D.J., J. Colbert, J, K.F. Comer, and S.M. Kandris. Developing and Sustaining a Community Information System. In M. Sirgy, R. Phillips, Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases (Springer, 2011), 21-46. ISBN-13: 978-9400705340.

McGowan, J.J., K. Frederickson, and A. Hatfield. 2004. “National Outreach Mapping Center and the Power of GIS in Health Care” (Poster). Proceedings of the 11th World Congress on Medical Informatics. San Francisco, CA, 1751, September 2004. ISBN-13: 978-1586034443.

Frederickson, K.E. “Enhanced Local Coordination and Collaboration through the Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicators (SAVI) Project.” Proceedings of the 126th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association (APHA), Washington, D.C., November 1998.