Section Chief, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for the Alaska Division of Public Health
Karol Fink is the chief for the State of Alaska section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She has a master of nutritional science and is a registered dietitian nutritionist. In 2004, she started working in obesity prevention just as Alaska was standing up a program supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She co-authored the first publications documenting the burden of obesity in Alaska adults and children. For the next sixteen years, she led the state’s physical activity and nutrition team. Alaska’s team has used the evidence based public health framework to develop interventions in schools, worksites, childcare centers, dental clinics, medical facilities, and the community. Alaska has also developed an internationally recognized public health education campaign to help every Alaska child grow up at a healthy weight.