Our Team

Catherine “Katie” Hylas Saunders, MPH

Research Assistant, PhD Student
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Katie works with the Preference Laboratory to assess patient engagement and activation in accountable care organizations (ACOs).  She previously worked in healthcare communications, managing the clinical research communications team for a large multi-state health system and then the health and public service communications program for a multinational professional services firm.  Doing this work, she realized that even the best health care policies and systems leave major gaps for patients: confusion, inconvenience and even outright harm.  She wants to work to close these gaps.  Specifically, she’s interested in identifying ways to improve communication and coordination at the end-of-life, when patients are most vulnerable.

Katie is currently completing a PhD at The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) in Lebanon, N.H.; she also holds a BA in sociology from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT and an MPH from The Dartmouth Institute TDI) in Lebanon, N.H.  She lives in White River Junction, VT with her husband and big, shaggy dog.