Stephanie Karsten is a Certified Management Consultant with expertise in public health program and policy management. She has directed projects for Federal and nonprofit public health organizations for 40 years, specializing in US Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service programs. Her clients for this organization have included the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. Her expertise in planning, organizing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating public health initiatives underpins the practical, how-to approaches her teams have recommended. Ms. Karsten is particularly skilled in collaborating with clients and the populations they serve to fashion useful, usable results. Products of the contracts and grants she has managed have run the gamut from print materials (such as reports and educational aids) to software solutions and conferences. She has served as Vice President and Principal in charge of initiating and building successful public health consulting practices for three small businesses over a 40-year period. Ms. Karsten’s special interests in the public health arena are primary prevention, child health, and minority health issues.
Prior to her consulting career, Ms. Karsten was a community organizer for the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. As Research Associate in the nation’s first Office of Child Health Advocacy, she led an award-winning organization to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Washington, D.C. This Committee for Lead Elimination Action in DC (LEAD), comprising 65 representatives of 35 local public and private organizations, successfully addressed housing, health, education, and environmental aspects of the problem and was named Organization of the Year by the Washington Area Public Health Association. Before this assignment Ms. Karsten worked in publications and public relations capacities for the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Center and the American Medical Association.
Ms. Karsten earned a BS in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, and a Masters in Health Services Administration from the George Washington University. She was designated a Certified Management Consultant in 1991 by the Institute of Management Consultants and currently serves as CMC Emeritus.
Ms. Karsten is married to David Karsten and lives in Washington, DC, and Belfast, Maine. Her daughter, Amanda Karsten Hirsch, and her family live in Brooklyn, New York.