Current Fellows
Obesity & The Food System

Katherine Thomsen

Bloomberg Fellow

Katherine serves as a dietitian on the inpatient team at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. Her role includes inpatient care and outpatient services. She contributes to diabetes education sessions, the Gestational Diabetes telehealth program for women in rural settings, and cardiac rehab group nutrition sessions. Katherine partners with the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation to increase access to nutrition education through events; together, they piloted three community cooking classes to address child nutrition, cancer prevention, and diabetes management.

Avera Queen of Peace Hospital provides care for Mitchell and the surrounding communities; it operates as part of the Avera Health system, one of the largest in the region with over 300 locations in 100 communities across five states. The hospital’s mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values; it promotes care for the individual and aims to treat patients like family. The National Rural Health Association recognized Queen of Peace as one of the top 100 community and rural hospitals in 2019.

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