As the Science Policy Fellow, Katherine Palmer supports the Women’s Health Dashboard by exploring research, care, and policy gaps in the United States related to ischemic heart disease in women. Palmer is currently a student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, earning her Master of Public Health degree in Infectious Disease Epidemiology.
Prior to SWHR, Palmer spent three years working on the COVID-19 vaccination response in the United States at the federal level. In this role, Palmer provided COVID-19 vaccine related coordination to sustain public health organizations, facilitated correct vaccine information exchange, and worked to address health disparities and vaccine hesitancy across the country. Her efforts culminated in a year-long project to capture and synthesize lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to provide policy recommendations that would leave the US better prepared for future outbreaks.
In addition to her work on the COVID-19 response, Palmer’s background includes experience in HIV, antimicrobial resistance, laboratory research, and science communication. Palmer has a BS in Biology, concentrating in microbiology, and a minor in Geography from George Mason University.