Kari Degerness, MBA, LNHA
Director of Health Care Programs
As the Director of Health Care Programs at CIVHC, Kari convenes state and national partners to address key healthcare topics including Palliative Care, Advance Care Planning, Program Evaluation, and Older Adult Services. Under Kari’s direction, Advance Care Planning (ACP) has become one of the most engaged and robust workgroups at CIVHC. This group disseminates tools and education for improving use and understanding of ACP. Before coming to CIVHC, Kari held positions including Executive Director at Balfour Senior Living (Louisville, CO) and Care Center Administrator for Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center (Brush, CO). Her passion for older adults continues by working closely with state and national leaders to establish supportive and engaging communities for older adults and those with serious illness to live and work. Palliative Care is a service that isn’t broadly understood or used, though it can be one of the most impactful services for those dealing with serious illness. CIVHC has been a frontrunner in Palliative Care since its inception in 2009 and continues today through this work. Kari plays a critical role in helping community partners to understand and access CO APCD data. Kari oversees CIVHC’s newest initiative for Program Evaluation and is excited to offer another tool to partners working to make a difference in their communities. Kari holds a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Business- Healthcare Management from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and an MBA from the University of Denver. Outside of the office, Kari loves to bake, crochet, volunteer and spend time with family.