Katherine Leach-Kemon

At the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), Katherine Leach-Kemon works to bridge the gap between academic research and policy. To this end, she fosters collaboration with organizations worldwide, designs communication strategies to engage decision-makers and policy influencers, and oversees the production of reports, infographics, and policy briefs. Her work has been published in The Lancet, Health Affairs, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Humanosphere. She earned a MPH at the University of Washington and a BA in history from the College of William & Mary, and previously worked as a Post-Graduate Fellow at IHME studying foreign assistance for health.

Governance

Reducing the Risk of COVID-19 This Holiday Season

We can save lives by postponing our holiday gatherings until vaccination is widespread

Food

COVID-19 Shows Us It's Time to Tackle Obesity and Overweight

Lessons and cautionary tales from the anti-smoking movement show us a way to move forward

Poverty

Health-Systems Strengthening in the Age of COVID-19

As the pandemic stresses many health-systems to their breaking point, it’s more important than ever to bolster them now

Environment

The Kids Are (Not) Alright

Analyzing the evidence against—and in support of—reopening schools during COVID-19

Governance

Masks: The Easiest Way to Save Lives and Spare Jobs

All U.S. states have a long way to go on achieving widespread public mask use—which could save 33,000 lives by October 1

Governance

Five Problems With the Swedish Approach to COVID-19

As herd immunity remains elusive, Sweden’s experience seems to be a cautionary tale—Norway and Denmark have fared better

Food

A Russian Prescription to Reduce Alcohol Use

Sustained changes to alcohol policy in Russia have contributed to big gains in life expectancy

Environment

What to do About Type 2

Aging, obesity, and poor diet are driving the diabetes epidemic worldwide—and so is air pollution

Food

How to Find Healthy Processed Foods? Just say Na+

Reducing the world’s sodium intake should start with industry, and lessons from the United Kingdom show it can work