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Kimberly Persson

Project Director
Phone: (603) 862-2493
Office: UNH CHHS Institute for Health Policy and Practice, Hewitt Hall Suite 202, Durham, NH 03824

Kimberly Persson, MSW, is a Project Director at the Institute for Health Policy and Practice. She joined IHPP in 2006, through a collaborative research project with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, exploring a link between arsenic exposure through well water and intellectual development in children.

Throughout her tenure at IHPP, Kim has supported work across all IHPP focal areas. Past projects have included the Project ECHO, Pediatric Improvement Partnership, the National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network, the Tobacco Free Campus Initiative, Million Hearts, Medicaid quality improvement work, the START Information Reporting System, various projects with the Citizens Health Initiative, extensive website development and design, and establishment of the Healthy UNH internship program.

Kim's current work focuses in the areas of Public Health and Health Promotion, Health Law and Policy, and Delivery System and Payment Reform. She has led the Healthy UNH initiative since 2009, working to institute a culture of health across the UNH campuses; has managed the New Hampshire Purchasers Group on Health since 2017, supporting New Hampshire’s public healthcare purchasers to in healthcare benefits design and delivery as well as in making sustainable investments in the state’s healthcare landscape; and in 2021, joined the Institute on Disability on the Children’s Behavioral Health Resource Center grant, to develop custom web tools to link children and families to the behavioral health resources they need.

Prior to joining IHPP, Kim spent several years working in the field of children’s behavioral health and juvenile diversion programming.


  • M.S.W., Social Work, University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., Social Work, University of New Hampshire