Posts by Catherine Patterson

Catherine is the Managing Director of Urban Health and Policy at the de Beaumont Foundation.

How Pre-K Programs Can Lead to Better Health Outcomes

By Catherine Patterson My first job out of college was as a Head Start teacher. I had a classroom full of 20 three-year-olds, and I’m not afraid to admit (now) that I had NO IDEA what I was doing. I was the very definition of “fake it till you make it” that first year. Thankfully,… Read more »

Public Health a Winner in 2018 Elections

By Catherine D. Patterson, MPP In states and cities across the nation last week, Americans voted “yes” for public health – passing ballot initiatives that have the potential to improve community health through housing, education, financial security, and other areas. As I was leaving my local polling place, a reporter from the Wall Street Journal… Read more »

Public Health on the Ballot: A Review of Local Initiatives

By Catherine D. Patterson, MPP I love to vote. I remember going to vote with my mom as a kid. We’d wait in line, get her ballot, and then cram into one of those make-shift booths behind a flimsy curtain. I’d watch her fill in each oval, curious about the hushed tone that lay over… Read more »

Bridging the Data Gap: Connecting Communities with the Tools They Need

by Catherine Patterson, Alison Rein, and Peter Eckart Data are among the most powerful yet under-developed and under-appreciated resources in the toolbox for those committed to community health improvement. The process of collecting, analyzing, sharing, and then generating insights and acting upon data is one of the most challenging issues that communities working toward population… Read more »