(DrPH, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina; Certificate of Graduate Study, Women's and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina; MEd, Health Education and Promotion, Kent State University)
Sarah Gareau is a Senior Research Associate/Policy Analyst in the Division of Medicaid Policy Research (MPR). Prior to working at IFS, Dr. Gareau was an Assistant Professor in the School of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science at Lenoir-Rhyne University where she served as the Program Director for the Master of Public Health program and Coordinator of the Community Health undergraduate program. She also worked previously as a Research Associate at the South Carolina Educational Policy Center.
Her recent practice-based experience includes leadership at two Boys & Girls Clubs as Grants Coordinator and Area Director and at New Morning Foundation as the Program Director of "TellThem!," a grassroots advocacy organization focused on expanding reproductive health education and access for teens in South Carolina. Dr. Gareau is currently the Chair-Elect of the Women's Caucus in official relations with the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Through both the Women's Caucus and as an appointed member of APHA's Committee on Women's Rights, she has participated in conference sessions related to such topics as reproductive justice, substance use during pregnancy, the health of prisoners, access to health care, trauma in the military, and women in public health careers. Her most recent community leadership roles have included service to the NC Practice-Based Research Network, Rape Crisis Center of Catawba County, Inc. Board, Centro Latino of Hickory, Health Coverage Access Team of Catawba County Health Partners, and Catawba County Community Services Block Grant Advisory Board. Through these and other efforts, she has worked to support the health of vulnerable populations through the development of sustainable local, state, and federal health policy efforts. Dr. Gareau was the 2010 recipient of the Lucinda Thomas Award for outstanding contributions in the area of community health.