MANAGER OF PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES
Sarah is driven by a curiosity to learn and a desire to see how all the pieces can fit together. Throughout her career, she has used this passion to work with groups in solving complex problems around diverse topic areas to improve people’s lives and communities.
As Coffective’s Manager of Public Health Initiatives, Sarah continues her systems change work by supporting state and local coordination initiatives. This includes providing leadership, guidance, strategic thought-partnership, and content expertise to local organizations for community collaboration and engagement. Sarah especially enjoys scaling innovative ideas by sharing lessons and resources from different communities across states – something that initially attracted her to Coffective.
Sarah is a board member of Oxford House, a sober and transitional living facility, providing housing and mentorship for individuals in recovery. She is also a member of her local health departments’ community health improvement plan coalition teams, and supports a variety of projects in the community.
Previously, Sarah worked as a Jail Discharge Planner and Case Manager in partnership with her local Sheriff’s Department and Human Services, where she created a jail discharge program by building partnerships with a range of organizations to improve continuity of care among formerly incarcerated individuals. Sarah also worked in local governmental public health for five years, with experience in WIC support and outreach, and as a Health Promotion & Communications Specialist driving policy, systems, and environmental changes around chronic disease prevention and management. In her role, Sarah participated in and led quality improvement, strategic planning, grant writing, branding, and health equity teams; supported community health needs assessments and improvement plans with local hospital systems; and led multi-stakeholder collaborative initiatives.
Sarah has completed University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Facilitating by Heart, a 10-day leadership facilitation training on helping groups work productively and collaboratively while honoring all voices. She also participated in University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH), a 9-month program aimed at ensuring health equity by developing resources and engaging in collaborative partnerships that support community-driven efforts. Sarah is certified in Mental Health First Aid.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Viterbo University with a minor in Healthcare Management. During school, she was an Organization Development / Corporate Learning Intern at Gunderson Health System and a Nurse Education & Safety Intern for Aspirus Riverview Hospital. She is currently pursuing a Master of Health Care Administration at Des Moines University. Sarah has a strong interest in bridging health organizations and the public health system together.
Carrying her varied interests outside of work, Sarah is lead vocalist in an acoustic trio in her hometown. She has successfully flipped two homes, and is often referred to as the handiest friend in the group. Sarah spends her summers outdoors boating, hiking, and perennial gardening. She resides in Central Wisconsin with her husband and puppy, Croix.