Karen Conner is the project manager for the COVID EHR Cohort at the University of Wisconsin (CEC-UW) project and also manages the Wisconsin Nicotine Treatment Integration Project (WiNTiP), which works to help behavioral health patients to quit using tobacco.
Conner has spent her entire career working to reduce tobacco use among populations most negatively impacted by commercial tobacco. She spent the first eight years of her career in Alaska working with state and tribal health organizations to develop and implement systems to better address tobacco use. Since then, she has worked for a local health department in Minnesota and for the State of Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, where she provided training and technical assistance to communities to improve health outcomes and reduce tobacco-related disparities.
Conner is originally from Iowa. She earned her master’s degree in public health from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.