Dr. Kukafka is interested in developing informatics tools to support patient and community engagement, risk communication, and the integration of shared decision making interventions into clinical workflow. Her projects include developing patient and provider decision aids for integration into electronic and patient health records, portals for community engagement, requirement and usability evaluation, and mixed-method approaches to studying implementation and outcomes. Dr. Kukafka is director of the Health Communication and Informatics Laboratory at DBMI and certificate lead for Public Health Informatics. She has a long track record of leadership roles at the national level to influence the growth and direction of public health informatics. Serving on the IOM study Who Will Keep the Public Healthy?, she was instrumental in bringing informatics as a critical area in public health education. She is a member of the Meaningful Use Consumer Empowerment Workgroup of HSS Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, and is an active contributor to the American Medical Informatics Association, serving two-terms on its Board of Directors, and Chair of the Consumer Health Informatics Workgroup. She is an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the New York Academy of Medicine, and has authored over 100 articles, chapters and books in the field of biomedical informatics.
Rita Kukafka, DrPH
A Professor, Sociomedical Sciences and Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University Health Sciences