Katherine Sutkowi, MSW


Katherine (Katie) Sutkowi is the Director of Strategic Planning and Operations in the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In this role, she oversees the Office of the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Medical Officer and leads division-wide projects with a focus on implementing anti-racism initiatives, strengthening a place-based public health approach, and bridging public health and health care. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Katie has served in several emergency roles including co-leading a community vaccine clinic.

Katie previously served as the founding staff member of the Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance for five years, organizing and advocating for community health worker sustainability and recognition. She has also served as a lecturer in health care policy for graduate students for two years at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. More recently, she was an operations consultant for the National Association of Community Health Workers, which launched in 2019, and the 2017 Unity Conference, a national gathering of community health workers and their allies.

Katie is active in the American Public Health Association, where she most recently served on the APHA Executive Board in 2019 as the Action Board chair and Joint Policy Committee co-chair, working to drive APHA member engagement in advocacy and receiving recognition as APHA’s 2019 Advocate of the Year.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She resides in Queens, New York.