Kaitlyn Meirs, a program associate at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), works to catalyze demand for healthy places and practices. Founded in 1972, the Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health.
“The work that excites me at RWJF goes beyond the ‘Band-Aid’ approach to problem solving and digs deeper to provide large-scale change through evidence-based solutions and tools that improve health,” says Meirs.
Previously, she served as the coordinator for the Community Outreach and Engagement Core in the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work in organizing events and meetings included serving as lead coordinator for a 2014 international symposium aimed at educating the public and stakeholders on the potential impacts of unconventional natural gas drilling operations on the environment and public health. The symposium engaged citizens, community organizations, legislatures, industry, and academic institutions worldwide.
Meirs earned a BA in biology from Kenyon College, Ohio and an MPH from the University of Pennsylvania.