Sara Geierstanger, MPH

Senior Evaluator, Institute for Health Policy Studies

Ms. Geierstanger has worked for two decades conducting evaluation research using qualitative and quantitative methods on community health topics, including:

  • School health services, including medical, behavioral health and youth development
  • Adolescent reproductive health interventions
  • Community health center advocacy

Her current projects are:

  • Alameda County Center for Healthy Schools and Communities. Evaluating access to care, reproductive health, behavioral health and dental health outcomes, as well as youth resiliency and academic outcome using web-based clinic encounter forms, student surveys, and focus groups.
  • National School-Based Health Alliance. Working with the Research and Evaluation Team on school health evaluation projects, including developing standardized national performance measures.
  • California Department of Education. Evaluating the Promoting Adolescent Health Through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention and School Surveillance project funded by the Center’s for Disease Control.

Ms. Geierstanger has presented nationally and locally, and co-authored numerous articles on her evaluation findings in peer-reviewed publications. She has served as both a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (Guinea, West Africa) and a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (Norway).


  • University of Michigan, Bachelor’s in Economics and French
  • University of California, Berkeley, Masters in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology