Kate oversees AcademyHealth's public and population health portfolio, which focuses on bridging the gap between public health and the health care system. As a member of AcademyHealth’s Executive Team, Kate also conceptualizes, develops, and implements key organizational and operational solutions.

Kate translates science into sound health policy and informed public health practice through work with the research, policy, and practice communities. She also enhances knowledge and fosters peer-to-peer learning by designing, launching, and sustaining scholarships, leadership training programs, and learning communities. Her clients include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kate’s extensive experience in public policy and public health research, evaluation, and communications includes her previous experience as Director of the Adolescent and School Health Project at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). In that capacity, she developed and promoted national policies and programs to improve child health and access to health care. She supported public health investments in youth related to the prevention of chronic diseases and STDs as well as the promotion of positive health behaviors. Her other relevant experience includes consulting states on welfare reform policies and designing disease prevention and management campaigns for pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organizations.

Kate earned her Masters Degree in Public Health and a certificate in Maternal and Child Health from Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. She earned her Bachelors Degree from Georgetown University. As a Member of the Board of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Kate evaluates proposals to use Master Settlement Agreement Funds to prevent tobacco use and reduce obesity among children in the Northern Virginia Region. A native of Connecticut, Kate now lives in Arlington with her family.

Authored by Katherine Froeb Papa, M.P.H.


Trends in Urban Health Services Research (HSR): Priorities, Gaps, and Collaborations

With input from Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC), AcademyHealth staff used the National Library of Medicine’s Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj) database to review trends in urban health services research (HSR) within participating BCHC Cities to explore the nature of HSR undertaken in these cities, and whether there is collaboration in research among these cities.