Focus Areas: Adolescent Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Kaitlyn is the Special Assistant for Human Services Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in Washington D.C. She provides support and assistance to departmental leadership, analyzes current evidence-based and evidence-informed best practices in youth policies and programs, and has gained first-hand experience in national policy research and development. Her office serves as a liaison with other agencies on broad economic matters and is the Department’s lead on poverty research and analysis. In addition, the office’s flagship grant, the National Poverty Center, supports continued research and evaluation on important and emerging social policy ideas focused on the effects of poverty, income dynamics, individual and family functioning, and child well-being.
She has experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Northern Botswana where she worked as an HIV/AIDS Capacity Builder at two non-profits, Bana Ba Letsatsi, a rehabilitation center for orphans and vulnerable children, and Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOFWA) a clinic and HIV testing center. Additionally, Kaitlyn served as the lead for Peace Corps Botswana in organizing the Grassroots Soccer program, an international sexual reproductive health education program for youth. After finishing the Peace Corps, Kaitlyn worked at the Boys and Girls Club in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as the Health and Life Skills Coordinator.
She is a Project Management Professional (PMP), holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and a minor in Global Health.