Zero Breast Cancer – Staff Member
Kaiser Permanente, Northern California, Department of Research – Advisor
SF Cancer Action Network - Breast Cancer Task Force – Member, Advisor
Catherine Thomsen has worked in public health for 25 years and has had an interest in nutrition and environmental and occupational exposures since before her Peace Corps service in Central America. She received a Master of Public Health while caring for family and friends with Alzheimer’s and cancer; she then worked as an epidemiologist, cancer grant program officer, and nonprofit program director. Thomsen’s passion is facilitating the participation of diverse people in community-based or patient-engaged research, in developing effective cancer risk-reduction education campaigns, and in empowering communities to improve health and wellness. As a PCORI Ambassador, she hopes to continue to (1) motivate researchers so that they truly value input from those impacted by the disease of study, (2) provide a bridge between communities and researchers, and (3) help translate research to benefit at-risk populations.
Involvement with PCORI
Pipeline to Proposal: Exploring Survivorship Care Plan Options – Principal Investigator