Kate Ito

Public Health Research Analyst

Kate Ito, Public Health Research Analyst, has worked at MAPC since February 2012. She assists research, evaluation, and coordination of the agency’s public health projects.

Current Activities

Ms. Ito assists with research, evaluation, and coordination of MAPC’s public health projects. She largely focuses on technical assistance and project coordination for the $1.6 million Community Transformation Grant for Middlesex County, awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This grant is aimed at helping communities in Middlesex County tackle the root causes of chronic disease, particularly smoking, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition.

In addition to the Community Transformation Grant, Ms. Ito recently completed three Health Impact Assessments evaluating the health effects of a proposed speed limit reduction bill, a local rail to trail project, and the MBTA service cuts and fare hikes.

Past Experience

Prior to MAPC, Ms. Ito developed and wrote a variety of research projects. In 2010, she received the Open Space Institute’s McHenry Award in the Environmental Category to research the environmental, social, political, and economic institutions of the Hudson River Valley and evaluate a potential national park designation for the region. Additionally, she organized, managed, and wrote a program for longevity for a walking and biking plan for Skidmore College campus. For her senior thesis, Ms. Ito assessed the size, trends, and consumers of the Saratoga Springs’ local food system.

Education and Professional Affiliations

Ms. Ito holds a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies and minors in Geosciences and Government from Skidmore College. She also has assisted with the start up and development of the co-profit called the Village Corps and with the Cambridge Institute for Brazilian Studies.

Areas of Expertise

Health Impact Assessment, environmental and sustainability issues, interdisciplinary research and collaboration