Director - Healthy Communities and Community Benefit
In my role as the Division Director of Healthy Communities & Community Benefit for the CHI Health Central Region states of Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and Minnesota, I oversee the community health needs assessment (CHNA) and Implementation Strategy process for 31 hospitals and drive fund development for community health initiatives. I support state and federal healthcare policy and advocacy work. Overall, I work to align the health priorities of the community with health system strategy to derive demonstrable community health improvement and direct health system resources. Current work includes leading health system efforts to reduce health care disparities in maternity care/ outcomes and integrating health navigators (community health workers) into the primary care team.
I Completed my MPH from Columbia Southern University in 2020 and a Masters in Environmental Management and Policy from APU in 2023. I will begin my pursuit of a PhD in Epidemiology in Feb of 2024. I previously worked for the Pottawattamie Public Health Department as the Community Health Organizer. I have also volunteered for the Nebraska Aids Project in the testing clinic and for Planned Parenthood writing postcards to prospective voters in favor of health advocates.
Policy & Research Coordinator
Project Extra Mile
In my current role, I work with community members, law enforcement, and youth to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harms in our state. We organize trainings, provide technical assistance, organize enforcement operations, and work to build youth's leadership skills. As a part of the organization, I aim to provide the most up to date information to our partners and be a resource when they have questions about a topic or certain processes. I also review most up to date and new research around the topic to ensure we know what goes on beyond our state borders and how others have been successful at implementing evidence-based policies and practices. Prior to my current role I was a research assistant at the UNMC College of Public Health's Office of Public Health Practice where I aided with event planning, reviewed manuscripts, analyzed survey data, and was a resource for staff with other projects.
Drug Overdose Prevention Coordinator
I taught healthy lifestyles as a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in Ukraine. I worked at a county-level non-profit that used environmental strategies to reduce underage binge drinking and adult binge drinking. This included educating alcohol retailers, changing school and city policies, and managing education campaigns.
Currently, I work for Nebraska DHHS, and I coordinate the state’s Drug Overdose Prevention Program. This includes grant management, improving the quality and availability of data, and using that data to implement prevention initiatives.
Connecting Public Health in Nebraska for over 70 Years