"We have a responsibility in our time, as others have had in theirs, not be prisoners of history but to shape history."
Jalyn Ingalls joined the Colorado Health Institute in January 2018 as a Research Analyst. She was promoted to Policy Analyst in December 2018.
She received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Albion College in Albion, Mich., with a focus on Health Policy. She then earned a master’s degree in Health and Risk Communication from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2016. Her graduate work included writing and implementing federally funded grants investigating the application of behavior change theory to health issues.
While at MSU, she was awarded a grant from the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation Research Fund for Health and Risk Communication. She used this funding to study how communicating with new mothers returning to work impacted their breastfeeding behaviors in the workplace. This study followed the implementation of the Break Time for Nursing Mothers requirement of the Affordable Care Act.
Jalyn most recently worked for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as the Influenza Outreach Coordinator. She promoted the benefits of flu vaccination to a wide variety of audiences and assisted with data analysis and influenza activity surveillance.
She coached a Special Olympics volleyball team in Michigan and promoted physical activity among children through volunteer opportunities. She is looking forward to getting involved with similar opportunities in the Denver community.