Health Care Services Director
Kate Grismala is a seasoned Tribal health and public health professional with nearly 20 years of experience in Indian Country. In her role at Blue Stone, Kate leads a team of professionals who deliver technical assistance and training to Tribes on a range of health care administration and public health services including health hospital and clinic operations, community health needs assessments, feasibility studies, and program planning.
Grismala’s background includes working with both individual Tribes and Tribal organizations. Grismala served as the Assistant Director Tribal Health Program Support at a regional Tribal organization. In this role, she provided operational oversight of staff and programs, while providing technical support to Tribal Nations as they worked to improve the health and wellbeing of their citizens. With the support of staff, she grew the department budget from $2 million to $11 million through the successful application and funding awards from multiple grantors.
Grismala’s public health experience includes program planning and management, program evaluation, community engagement, and health communications. Her work in the Tribal Epidemiology Center provided valuable experience in population health data translation and an awareness of the critical role data plays in health planning.
Grismala’s blend of experience including both technical program expertise and big picture Tribal healthcare infrastructure and finance, provide unique supportive opportunities for Tribal health and public health systems and operations.