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Karen A. Hartfield

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I am particularly interested in how local public health departments address racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes and access to services. Health education and communication programs provide opportunities to reach communities and individuals who lack access to information and services.
Lecturer, Health Services


MPH   University of North Carolina, 1986   (Maternal and Child Health)
BA   Harvard University, 1982   (Psychology)

Contact Info


Public Health - Seattle & King County
400 Yesler Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104

voice:   206-263-2023


Karen Hartfield is a Lecturer in the Department of Health Services and the administrator for the HIV/STD Program at Public Health – Seattle & King County. She has worked in HIV prevention, communicable disease prevention, immunization promotion, asthma prevention and family planning in public health settings for over twenty-five years. She earned an MPH at the University of North Carolina.

Effectiveness of health behavior/health promotion interventions
  • HSERV 534   (COPHP)
    COPHP Health Behavior and Health Promotion and Environmental Health
  • HSERV 535   (COPHP)
    COPHP Health Behavior and Health Promotion

House PJ, Hartfield K, Nicola B, Bogan SL. The University of Washington's Community-Oriented Public Health Practice Program and Public Health-Seattle & King County Partnership. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2014 May-Jun;20(3):285-9. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000054.  PMID: 24667188

Thiede H, Duchin JS, Hartfield K, Fleming DW. Variability in Practices for Investigation, Prevention, and Control of Communicable Diseases Among Washington State's Local Health Jurisdictions. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2012 Nov;18(6):623-30.  PMID: 23023289

Alstead M, Campsmith M, Halley CS, Hartfield K, Goldbaum G, Wood RW. Developing, implementing, and evaluating a condom promotion program targeting sexually active adolescents. AIDS Educ Prev. 1999 Dec;11(6):497-512.  PMID: 10693646

Dawson C, Hartfield K. Developing a cost-effective media campaign addressing unprotected anal sex among gay men. AIDS Educ Prev. 1996 Aug;8(4):285-93.  PMID: 8874646

Chair, capstone for Paula Blasi
Towards Healthier Birth Outcomes: Setting Direction for YWCA's Healthy Birth Outcomes Program

Chair, capstone for Shayla Compton
Gathering credible evidence: Supporting the capacity of urban Indian health organizations to conduct program evaluations