Katrease has over ten years’ experience working in public health. She has always appreciated the importance of data and how we can utilize data to tell the story and drive better decisions for improving health.
Katrease works with health departments to migrate and manage their data systems and use their data for program design and improvement. She has worked with surveillance systems optimizing reporting to CDC, HRSA, and other federal agencies. Most recently she has been assisting in a state-wide migration to EpiTrax.
Epidemiologist, CDC Foundation, Nevada, May 2021–October 2022. Worked with a team to migrate the state-wide disease surveillance systems for Nevada from NBS to EpiTrax. Created custom forms/fields and ongoing testing and process documentation, and worked with system configuration. Developed test cases and created training materials including online videos, manuals, and live trainings to support the state-wide system. Managed Office of Public Health Investigations and Epidemiology website and transformed online materials into media and files that are ADA compliant. Used Alchemer to create surveys and self-guided informational tools.
HIV Quality Consultant, City of Detroit, Michigan, 2015–present. Started out as a data analyst in 2015, before becoming the quality manager in 2017 and a quality consultant in 2019. As quality consultant, Katrease develops epidemiologic overviews (trends tables, graphics, and descriptions) for national and state-wide reporting. She builds provider and health department capacity around data utilization, root cause analysis, project design, and evaluation and participates in grant writing and creating documentation systems for new and ongoing initiatives.
Assessment Research Analyst, University of Louisville, Kentucky, 2011–2014. Designed and implemented monitoring and evaluation measures that enabled the University of Louisville to count and assess the reciprocal relationship that occurs when students, faculty, and staff are engaged in the community. Provided training to university faculty and staff regarding documentation software such as SharePoint and online forms. Conducted research projects, performed data analysis and disseminated results through reports and infographics. Partnered with community organizations to assist in strategic planning and grant-writing initiatives. Served as the project lead for the Carnegie Accreditation Process which was successful in getting the University of Louisville the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.
HIV/STI Program Intern, Tulane School of Public Health and Jamaica Department of Corrections, Kingston, Jamaica, 2010–2011. Worked in coordination with the HIV Program staff within the Jamaican prison system to provide risk reduction counseling and HIV testing to incarcerated individuals. To support their work Katrease developed a database that aligns the necessary indicators for capturing the HIV situation among the incarcerated population and created an operation manual for the database and counseling procedures. Facilitated health education seminars to the men and women at the Tower Street Visiting Center.
- MPH, International Health and HIV, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2011.
- BS, Biology and Chemistry, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 2007.
Growing up on a farm in Kentucky instilled in Katrease a love for horses and being outside. She now gets to enjoy the beautiful scenery in Seattle where she lives with her partner and their three kids. She loves spending time with her family and friends and enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and football.