Katherine
Heflin

Program Manager

BDT employee

Why Benefits Data Trust?

"I went into public health to help improve people’s lives, and have tried to do that in several different ways over the past few years--including through direct service, data analysis, and public policy work. But it’s so exciting to now be part of an organization that tackles big social challenges from all of those angles at once"

The function of freedom is to free someone else.

Toni Morrison

Education:

Masters of Science from Harvard School of Public Health in Health Policy and Management; Bachelors of Arts from Stanford University in American Studies. Concentrations in Women, Gender, and Health at both.

Hometown:

I’m kind of a nomad. I’m originally from Topeka, KS and Des Moines, IA. Before moving to my current home—Philly—I lived mostly in Northern CA, Washington, DC, and Boston, MA.

Hidden Talent most people don’t know about:

I know the rules to a bunch of byzantine card games and would love to play Pinochle with anyone who knows it (or is willing learn).

Best advice ever received:

A wise professor told me ten years ago to pause and watch the squirrels more. (I’ve improved only slightly in this regard since then.)

Your guilty pleasure:

I recharge with 90s sitcoms and music of all genres (so long as there isn’t too much bagpiping). And dark chocolate.

Can’t go a day without…:

My answer here is the same as most people–coffee (and as soon after I wake up as possible)!

One accomplishment you are most proud of:

Surviving Boston winters–including one with the most snow in recorded history.

Volunteer work:

Women’s health and reproductive health access organizations.

Passionate about:

…improving health disparities based on race/ethnicity—as well as for women and LGBTQ populations. Also, all fluffy animals!