Kayla Knock joined Immunize Colorado in the spring of 2020 as a Program Associate. She is currently a Master of Public Health Candidate with a concentration in Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and is set to graduate in 2020. She received her B.S. in Public Health at Pacific University located outside of Portland, Oregon, in 2018. Most recently, Kayla has been a part of a prospective epidemiological, clinical research team with the Children's Diabetes Foundation, which examined the social and environmental factors that influence the likelihood of developing T1D in youth. Her interests include quantitative and qualitative data collection, community health assessment, survey research, program evaluation, and community outreach. Kayla has vast experience working with several non-profits including; The Boys and Girls Club, The Ronald McDonald House, and the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She was also an intern at Immunize Nevada and helped develop, administer, and analyze a survey that identified access barriers towards vaccinations in rural areas of Nevada. Kayla has a passion for helping others and contributing towards creating a more just and equitable world through public health initiatives.
Favorite Movie/Book: The Health Gap by Michael Marmot, The Wizard of OZ
Personal Hero: My hero is my mom, who has demonstrated how to be a strong, independent, and ambitious woman despite facing adversity.
Hometown Fun Fact: Colorado Springs is home to the United States Olympic Training Center, as well as the Olympic Committee.
Favorite thing to do in Colorado: Taking my dog Toby on long trail runs and hikes in the Denver metro area.
Why Vaccinate: Vaccines are arguably the most valuable medical advancement in modern history by eliminating many diseases that, at some point in history, devastated populations. Not only are vaccines safe and effective, but they also provide personal and herd immunity, which keeps an entire community healthy and safe.