As deputy health officer for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Natalie Kasiborski strives to achieve health equity in the rural counties she works in. Since 2011, Natalie has worked tirelessly, often through cross-sector collaboration, to increase access to care in rural settings, to address social determinants of health and to implement policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to create healthier communities. At the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, she has led grant-writing efforts that have resulted in millions of dollars of local, state, and federal funding to develop programs, build cross-sector partnerships, and meet identified needs across communities.
Natalie also finds time to prepare future public health leaders as a faculty member at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in the Division of Public Health. Additionally, she works to build community partnerships to facilitate change at the policy, systems, and environmental levels as executive director of the Northern Michigan Health Consortium, an affiliated non-profit of the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.
Natalie received a PhD in social work and an MPH from Michigan State University and a BA in psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan.
I strive to use data to drive decisions and to leverage our strong community partnerships to implement creative solutions to identify root causes of health inequities across our region.