Milton "Mickey" Eder, PhD, a Family Medicine and Community Health research faculty member, has been named the CTSI Associate Director for Populations and Community Engagement (PCE).
He succeeds Bernard Harlow, PhD, who will be departing for the Boston University School of Public Health this summer.
Dr. Eder joined the University of Minnesota's Family Medicine and Community Health research faculty in 2014 to conduct translational and primary care practice-based research.
Previously, he served as Director of Research and Evaluation at Access Community Health Network in Chicago for 10 years. While working in this network of Federally Qualified Health Centers, he organized research to involve community perspectives, improve health literacy and patient engagement, and evaluate public health programs - with the ultimate goal of improving the health of individuals and communities.
His work at Access Community Health Network included multi-site research collaborations, with funding from the NIH, AHRQ, and the CDC, to develop policies and practices to address health disparities and patient safety.
Dr. Eder earned his PhD from the Committee on History of Culture, an interdisciplinary program at the University of Chicago.
Previously a member of the CTSA Community Engagement Key Function Committee and co-chair of the Outcomes of Community Engagement workgroup, Dr. Eder was selected as an academic co-chair of the Partnership for the Advancement of Community Engaged Research (PACER), a special interest group supported by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science.
Dr. Eder has been instrumental in furthering national CTSA community-engagement efforts and served as a member of the External Advisory Board (EAB) for CTSI. He serves on EABs for three CTSA-funded institutions and as an associate editor for "Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action."
As director of CTSI's Populations and Community Engagement function, Dr. Eder will lead efforts to provide an infrastructure that supports community-engaged research, with the goal of building healthier communities and adding value to the lives of Minnesotans.