Karen Koenemann has been the Public Health Director for Delta County since 2016. In this role she oversees all of the Department’s core public health services. Previous to this position, she was the Healthy Communities Manager for Eagle County Public Health and Environment for five years. In this role, she oversaw the division's work to promote health, health equity and prevent chronic disease by creating environments, policies, and systems that supported wellness for everyone. Prior to her work at ECPHE, she was the Executive Director of Red Ribbon Project, a small non-profit focused on HIV/STI and Teen Pregnancy Prevention.
Early in her career, she taught high school Biology and lead service-learning trips for young adults to Thailand and India. Karen holds an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alaska, a Masters in Educationfrom the University of Alaska and a Masters in Geography from the University of Wyoming. Karen’s thesis research focused on the health status of a displaced, marginalized Native American community. Her passion for health equity comes from a culmination of this research, work and global travel experiences, emerging as she began to understand impacts of social, environmental and economic determinants of health. Karen grew up in Alaska, where the mountains meet the sea. She and her husband now live in the rural ranching community of Crawford, Colorado, with two dogs and three cats.