Kate joined the Spectrum staff in February 2020 to oversee the development and implementation of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Within a year, her role was expanded to oversee Spectrum’s new Primary Care Behavioral Health. PCBH is designed to work in partnership with the primary care clinic to help patients achieve their physical and emotional health goals.
Kate graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Journalism. She is currently working on completion of her Master Degree in Social Work (MSW). She has over a decade of experience as a certified leader and master trainer in Stanford University Self-Management Programs with a focus in Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) and Diabetes Self-Management (DSMP) programs. In addition, she has trained peer leaders to teach strengthening and stretching classes, as well as led walking programs. She is currently working on certification in Motivational Interviewing and credentials to become a Community Health Worker. She is passionate about these programs and never tires of watching the successes participants report in the workshops, not matter how small. Kate applies the skills and tools she learned from these programs to working with Spectrum’s Primary Health Care Clinic patients who have chronic physical and emotional health conditions. Working in tandem with the Primary Health Care Clinic health professionals, Kate works with patients on a one-on-one basis primarily using motivational interviewing as a tool to help them better understand their health care condition(s), identify goals they want to work on, create a plan to meet those goals, help them through any resistance/barriers to achieving their goals.
Throughout her career, Kate worked with providing direct services and in a management capacity to advocate for survivors of domestic violence, the elderly and disabled, and veterans who are homeless. At Spectrum, she works with a variety of clients who are motivated to change and improve their health conditions.
Kate collects quotes and typically you can find post-its with quotes written on them all around her. Her current favorite quote is from the last lines of Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb”, which Ms. Gorman read as the youngest inaugural poet at President Biden’s inauguration in 2021. “For there is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it – if only we are brave enough to be it.”
In her time off, Kate likes to chill out by hiking with her three dogs (but usually not all three at the same time), Googling, collecting and reading cookbooks on her back porch, cooking new healthy recipes, growing herbs, and traveling most anywhere.