Emily Santich joined the Colorado Health Institute in June 2021 as a Research Analyst. Her work includes convening and engaging stakeholders, conducting community health needs assessments, and qualitative and quantitative analysis and support.
Prior to CHI, Emily joined Colorado’s statewide COVID-19 response effort as a Laboratory Testing Coordinator Team Lead at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to support testing and immunization events. Emily also interned at the Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Regional Operations (ORO) in Boston. At ORO she conducted an environmental scan, policy analysis, and stakeholder analysis of school-based health centers in Massachusetts, which informed policymaking to advance health and educational equity among socially and economically disadvantaged children.
Emily graduated summa cum laude from California Polytechnic State University earning a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology. She earned a master’s degree in public health from the Boston University School of Public Health, concentrating in community assessment, program design, implementation, and evaluation. Through a graduate assistantship in partnership with the City of Boston, Emily managed a community-based fitness center that provides health and wellness programming to a diverse, predominantly low-income community.
In her spare time, Emily enjoys hiking, biking, and embracing her inner grandmother (petting her cat, drinking tea, and crocheting).
Skills: Needs assessment; stakeholder engagement; facilitation; program design, implementation, and evaluation
- Reproductive health and rights
- LGBTQ+ health
- Health equity
I do this work because: Everyone should have, though not everyone has been afforded, the opportunity to live a happy, healthy life. CHI’s work and research informs policy that drives social and system-wide change to advance health equity.