Who We Are
CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, advances a package of evidence-based policy solutions that will help millions of people live longer, better lives in vibrant, prosperous communities. CityHealth regularly evaluates cities on the number and strength of their policies.
Katrina Forrest, JD
Katrina is the Co-Executive Director of CityHealth. Before joining CityHealth, Katrina served as both Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for At-Large D.C. Councilmember David Grosso. In that role, she co-managed a team of 10 and drafted more than 40 pieces of original legislation. She was responsible for leveraging community relationships to drive the Councilmember’s legislative agenda and policy priorities, as well as representing the Councilmember before government agencies, community partners, advocates, and individuals. Before her work in local and state government, Katrina served as a Compliance Manager with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC).
Catherine D. Patterson
Catherine is the Co-Executive Director of CityHealth. Prior to joining the CityHealth team, Catherine served as the Managing Director for Urban Health and Policy at the de Beaumont Foundation. In that role, Catherine developed, managed, and led all work related to policy interventions that sought to improve the health and wellness of urban residents. She also managed the Foundation’s grant portfolio and served as Program Team Lead. Before joining the de Beaumont Foundation, Catherine worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she led campaigns to improve children’s dental health across the country. Catherine began her career as an early childhood educator, working directly with children and families.
Akeem is the Government Affairs Director for CityHealth. Prior to joining CityHealth, Akeem served as the Director of the Committee on Education for the Council of the District of Columbia. In this role, Akeem set the legislative, budget, and performance oversight agenda for all education agencies in the District of Columbia. Prior to this, his work focused on school turnaround efforts. A 2008 Greater New Orleans Teach For America Corps Member, Akeem taught in New Orleans schools before working for TFA-New Orleans as a Manager Corps and Partner Relations. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from Mercer University.
Tom is the Director of Communications for CityHealth, where he works to grow the reach, influence, and impact of our work helping cities improve the health outcomes of millions of Americans. Before joining CityHealth, Tom worked in both the private and NGO sectors in a variety of communications, brand and digital roles. His past experience includes leading communications teams at the National League of Cities (NLC) and at CTIA, the wireless industry’s trade group. In 2018, Tom earned recognition as a top communications leader in Washington, D.C., when he was awarded first place in PR Daily’s Media Relations Awards for a successful campaign to block the White House from cutting critical funding for veterans.
Kate is a Program Associate with CityHealth where she assists with policy research, communications, and operations. Kate has an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy & Law. At BU she worked as a Teaching Assistant for a health policymaking class, served on the Health Policy & Law Student Organization, and interned at Health Law Advocates. At HLA, she ran a study assessing the impact of remote schooling during COVID-19, the results of which were used to advocate for increased state funding and acquire technology for students. Before grad school, Kate worked for the state of Vermont in child protection and adolescent mental health. She has a BA in Sociology from Clark University.
David Jernigan, PhD
David brings 30 years of health policy experience to help advance, advise, and adapt CityHealth’s package of policies. David is a professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. He previously directed the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and co-directed the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems, a statewide effort involving 15 institutions of higher education committed to reducing alcohol-related problems on campus and in the surrounding communities. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), and has written more than 130 peer-reviewed articles, co-authored three books, and contributed chapters to six books.
Lauren is a Program Assistant with both CityHealth and the Big Cities Health Coalition. Prior to her current role, Lauren worked as the Policy and Engagement Assistant at Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore City. There she worked primarily on food insecurity and its impact on health outcomes as well as advocated for increased access to health care and affordable housing in Baltimore. While completing her undergraduate degree, Lauren conducted research on food insecurity rates among children birth to five and the impact of COVID-19 on food accessibility and security in North Carolina. Lauren has her BA in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Shelley Hearne, DrPh
Shelley has spent over three decades as a change maker bent on boosting the health, safety, and sustainability of our planet and the people on it. She works with foundations, policy-makers, and the private and non-profit sectors to tackle some of the thorniest health and environmental issues of the day: from finding solutions in urban health policy to reducing exposure to toxic chemicals in our everyday lives.
CEO and Executive Director
National League of Cities
Director of GMF Cities
German Marshall Fund
Jonathan Fielding, MD
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Geffen School of Medicine
Marla Gold, MD
Professor and Dean Emerita, Health Management and Policy
Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
Senior Vice President for Civic and Community Initiatives
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Rodney Harrell, PhD
AARP Public Policy Institute
Patrice Harris, MD
Immediate Past President
American Medical Association
Director of Cultiva La Salud
Public Health Institute
Well Being Trust
Fort Worth, Texas
Marta Tellado, PhD
President & CEO