Position title: Evidence Analyst
UW Population Health Institute
610 Walnut Street, 507 WARF
Madison, WI 53726
Kiersten is an evidence analyst on What Works for Health (WWFH), a searchable online database that provides community leaders, coalitions, and others with promising strategies to respond effectively to their health priorities. In WWFH, analysts systematically assess, summarize, and rate evidence for policies and programs that can affect health behaviors, social & economic factors, the physical environment, and clinical care. This research and translation effort was initially developed with funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and expanded to support the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program in 2012.
Kiersten holds dual master’s degrees in Public Affairs and Public Health, and a certificate in Global Health, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During graduate school, Kiersten worked as a project assistant with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, interned with nonprofit Health Access Connect on its Monitoring and Evaluation team in Uganda, and held a German Language and Area Studies fellowship. Prior to graduate school, Kiersten worked at the statewide research project Survey of the Health of Wisconsin and at the Wisconsin Historical Society. She has a B.A. in History and certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.