Denise Hartsock, MPH
I joined the PiER Center team as a Senior Professional Research Assistant in January 2016. I completed my undergraduate degree in secondary education and taught high school science for seven years. Two of those years were in Tanzania as a Peace Corps Volunteer and five were in an alternative charter school in Denver. In 2012, I returned to school for a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Community and Behavioral Health and focusing on evaluation. My favorite part of evaluation work is partnering with community organizations to improve the health of those in their community.
Evaluation & Research Experience:
I have three years of evaluation experience. Prior to working with the PiER Center, I managed a large grant including monitoring program fidelity, providing technical assistance, writing reports, data collection, and data reporting, as well as building and maintaining relationships with grantees and funders. As part of the KP Evaluation Team, I work closely with community partners to create and manage shared expectations around evaluation, develop evaluation plans, and provide technical assistance specific to partner’s work. I have experience in survey development as well as qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods. I have worked on a variety of projects including yoga in schools, heavy metal toxicity in artisanal gold miners, Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV), Cancer, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease (CCPD), and Great Outdoors Colorado Inspire initiative.
How I Thrive:
Being outdoors! My husband and I love to mountain bike, backpack, and ski as much as possible. Beach vacations and adventure travel are also always a treat. But I realize the benefits of slowing down and calming the mind, so I also practice meditation and mindfulness.