Kristin Mlynarczyk, MPH

Kristin Mlynarczyk joined Immunize Colorado in 2018 as a Public Health Associate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She received her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology and Physiology from the University of Maryland, and her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from The George Washington School of Public Health. Kristin has seven years of experience in the medical field, including work in obstetrics and internal medicine. Her interests include harnessing different methods of data collection, analysis, and visualization to gain insight into public health issues. She has worked on multiple data projects including analyzing a national CDC dataset to evaluate disparities in women’s health outcomes. She also interned with District of Columbia (DC) Medicaid on a project evaluating blood lead level screening rates of children with Medicaid in DC. She has also spent time as a health care volunteer in Tanzania and Peru. While in Tanzania she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and in Peru spent many hours hiking in the Andes mountains.

Favorite Book/Movie: Thinking, Fast and Slow (book), It’s a Wonderful Life (movie)

Personal Hero: My great-grandmother, who immigrated to the US as an orphan from Eastern Europe. Her example of strength, grace, and resilience is something I will always carry with me. 

Favorite CO Activity: Skiing, hiking, and reading a good book anywhere with a mountain view. 

Hometown Fun Fact: Washington, DC- The Library of Congress in DC is the largest library in the world, and is free and open to the public! The stunning architecture makes it my favorite place to visit in DC. 

Why Vaccinate: Vaccines have made the devastation of many diseases a thing of the past, and looking back even a few generations reveals this. My own great-grandmother’s sister died of influenza shortly after arriving in the US. In the century following, millions of children have been spared this fate with the discovery and widespread distribution of safe and effective vaccines.