Director, Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Climate Change Program; Minnesota Department of Health
Kristin Raab is the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Climate Change Program Director at the Minnesota Department of Health. Her work focuses on changing built environment policies, systems and designs to encourage sustainability and improve people's health. Ms. Raab has presented HIA training to numerous audiences and has led and/or provided technical assistance to over nine HIAs in Minnesota and other states.
As an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, she has taught an undergraduate course on sustainable site design in landscape architecture. Ms. Raab has presented at state and national conferences and has published articles on health-related topics. She also helped develop health-related performance measures for the Sustainable Sites Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction, and maintenance practices. Ms. Raab has master’s degrees in landscape architecture and public health from the University of Minnesota, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in political science.