Kathy Karsting, RN, MPH
Maternal Child Adolescent Health Program Manager
Division of Public Health
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Kathy Karsting is a public health nurse dedicated to improving the lives and opportunities for women, children, and families throughout a career spanning more than three decades. She has received recognitions as a Community Health Educator of the Year (Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, 2005) and as a Nurse Who Makes a Difference (NE Center for Nursing, 2007). In 2009 Ms. Karsting received the March of Dimes award for Excellence in Nursing, and in 2015 was named as a national Public Health Nurse Leader by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Ms. Karsting has worked in numerous public roles including local and regional public health in several states, internationally in the South Pacific and West Africa, in schools, migrant programs, and state and national roles in maternal and child health. She currently serves as the Program Manager for Maternal Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Programs at Nebraska DHHS Division of Public Health, a position she has held for over 6 years. Ms. Karsting leads a talented team of five staff in the MCAH Program, including the following areas: early childhood and school health, adolescent health, evidence-based home visiting, and maternal-infant health. Ms. Karsting is a frequent speaker and author, addressing topics including health systems transformation and the role of the nurse; building a Culture of Health and addressing the social determinants of population well-being and equity; and life course development.