Credentials: Senior Administrative Program Specialist and Co-Director of healthTIDE, affiliate of the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies
Position title: Prenatal to Five Initiative Co-Director
For over 20 years, Amy Meinen has worked in the obesity prevention field and healthy communities-related efforts across Wisconsin. Specifically, she has founded and facilitates several statewide partnership groups on these issues, including in early childhood, school, and community settings, and also designed and implemented programs that create healthier places and spaces, so that people can more easily make healthy personal choices. More recent training in advocacy, systems thinking, and coalition-building informs how she builds relationships and knowledge exchange among state and local public health agencies, universities, nonprofit and advocacy organizations, and local coalitions. It is her belief that systems thinking, combined with authentic, cross-sector partnerships, is key to tackling deeply rooted societal challenges. She previously worked for the Ho-Chunk Nation Health Department, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and as a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Amy is a registered dietitian and holds a BS in Community Medical Dietetics from Viterbo University and a MPH from the University of Minnesota.