Karen Fradua Joins IMPH as Research Associate
IMPH is pleased to welcome Karen Fradua, MS, MCHES, RHIT as a research associate. Ms. Fradua brings an extensive public health background that ranges from program implementation and grant writing to policy development and strategic planning to the Institute.
“We are thrilled that Karen has chosen to join the IMPH team,” expressed associate director Maya Pack. “We feel that her public health experience will help to inform current and future endeavors of the organization.”
In her role as a research associate, Ms. Fradua performs data collection and analysis to support the Institute’s research and policy initiatives. Currently, she generates research and data reports to inform and guide committees working to strategically address the behavioral health challenges in our state.
As program manager for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Ms. Fradua had notable success in the development, implementation and evaluation of a variety health prevention programs. She convened community partners to identify and address critical public health issues and was considered the local public health authority in providing resources, data and guidance on national best practice recommendations. She led the planning and statewide implementation of one of the first South Carolina initiatives to address obesity prevention in the childcare setting. This implementation model was highlighted at the CDC’s Weight of the Nation Conference in 2008 and has been replicated in other states. Upon completing her certification in Health Information Management, Ms. Fradua worked as an analyst for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, where she was responsible for aggregating population health data and generating reports used to support internal and community-based strategic planning. Ms. Fradua has presented at numerous state and local conferences and has been published in national nutrition journals.
Ms. Fradua is very involved in serving her community and gravitates towards opportunities that allow her to support healthy communities. She has served on the Board of Directors for Eat Smart Move More South Carolina and South Carolina Action for Healthy Kids. She was a member of the Board of Hub City Farmers’ Market and Partners for Active Living (PAL) and chaired PAL’s strategic planning committee. She also served on the Spartanburg County Childhood Obesity Task Force, the Road to Better Health Coalition and was a member of the United Way of the Piedmont’s Community Impact Council for Health and Wellness, which she chaired in 2009. Ms. Fradua is a member of the South Carolina Public Health Association and the South Carolina Health Information Management Association. She was named the South Carolina Outstanding New Health Educator of the Year in 2004, Health Educator of the Year in 2006, and was selected as South Carolina’s Health Education Professional of the Year in 2010.
Her academic degrees include a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s degree from Clemson University and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics from Georgia Regents University. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and a Registered Health Information Administrator.