- IU Bloomington
Kathleen Sobiech supports the implementation of projects to address COVID-19 related health disparities and advance health equity by expanding the resources and services offered in rural communities. These projects are part of the Indiana Healthy Opportunities for People Everywhere initiative, which is conducted in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Health with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
Kathleen has more than 20 years of international and domestic experience building collaborative partnerships aimed at strengthening public health systems. Prior to joining the center, Kathleen worked closely with law enforcement, the behavioral health workforce, and community members in two rural Indiana counties as part of the Lawrence and Orange County Crisis Intervention Team. Kathleen’s international experience includes capacity-building projects between Indiana University and higher education institutions in Kosovo, Indonesia, and Liberia.
Kathleen holds a Ph.D. in Health Behavior from Indiana University and is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Senegal, West Africa, 1996-98). Kathleen co-authored the articles Critical Interpretive Synthesis of Qualitative Data on the Health Care Ecosystem for Vulnerable Newborns in Low- to Middle-Income Countries and Providing Emotional Support and Physical Comfort During a Time of Social Distancing: A Thematic Analysis of Doulas’ Experiences During the Coronavirus Pandemic.