Katarina “Kat” Grande pursued her BS in Journalism and
Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then earned her MPH in
Environmental Health and a Global Health Certificate from the University of
Minnesota-Twin Cities. Kat was a Population Health Service Fellow from 2010
through 2012 and had dual placements at the Milwaukee Health Department and the
Center for Urban Population Health.
The Wisconsin Population Health Fellowship had a significant
impact on her career trajectory. During her Fellowship, she was introduced to
and learned a lot more about the concepts of health equity, social justice, and
systems thinking. Despite the distance, she continues
to learn from the mentors and other Fellows she met during her Fellowship.
Kat’s advice to current and future Fellows: “The fellowship
is a wonderful time to challenge your perceptions of public health, learn about
a new area, and make lifelong connections. It's a pretty special time--so be
proactive and make the most of it.”