Community Impact Coordinator
Kate Reed is passionate about helping to bridge sectors, systems, and populations to advance health equity. As a fellow of the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health, a program of the CDC and Public Health Institute, Kate has been a catalyst for the collaboration that has resulted in Kankakee County gaining national attention for its grassroots movement to cultivate a trauma-informed community.
Kate previously served as the Drug-Free Communities Project Coordinator for the Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education and a youth substance abuse prevention coalition that has received national awards. Kate's focus on helping communities prevent and heal from adversity stems from growing up in East Africa where her family has lived for almost 20 years and then later moving into Pembroke Township, whose community has become her family.
Kate uses her education in Social Work and Not-for-Profit Management to elevate those who have come from hard places as agents of change, working towards a safer and healthier community. She is so thankful for the incredible partners that are helping this community thrive.