Health Care Services Director
Kate Grismala is a seasoned Tribal health and public health professional who’s developed a passion for working with Tribal communities over nearly 20 years of experience in Indian Country. Currently, Kate serves as the Health Services Director at Blue Stone Strategy Partners. Kate leads a team of professionals who deliver technical assistance, strategic planning and training to Tribes on a range of health care operations and public health services including hospital and clinic operations, community health needs assessments, feasibility studies, and program planning.
Taking a wide view of community needs and systems operational challenges, Blue Stone’s approach is inclusive of staff and community. All recommendations are made with an eye to program sustainability and provide extensive recommendations about how to improve revenue generation and other funding opportunities.
Prior to joining Blue Stone, 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 communities.
Grismala’s public health experience includes program planning and management, program evaluation, community engagement and health communications. Her work in a Tribal epidemiology Center provided valuable experience in population health data translation and an awareness of 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.
Kate holds a Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis on professional writing and a Master of Science Degree in Business with a concentration in Health Management. As a nationally recognized thought leader in Tribal Health, she’s been honored to present at many conferences and events throughout Indian Country over the last twenty years.