Thursday, April 21, 8:30-10am CT (originally scheduled for Feb. 17)
Location: Blake campus, Bovey Chapel
A virtual option is also available.
This edition of the popular Breakfast at Blake speaker series featured our 2021 Young Alumna of the Year Lucy Cosgrove ’01. Cosgrove works for the Minnesota Department of Health as an epidemiologist and coordinator of the Minnesota Vaccines for Children Program. In this role, she oversees vaccine distribution of all childhood recommended vaccines for children who are uninsured or enrolled in Medicaid plans in the state of Minnesota.
Throughout the COVID-19 response Cosgrove has assumed many roles at MDH including performing COVID-19 case investigations, acting as the MDH liaison to local public health directors, drafting COVID-19 guidance for summer camps and performing contact tracing for the schools and childcare team. Beginning December 2020, Cosgrove’s focus has been on leading the team that operationalizes the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Minnesota.
Prior to working for the MDH, Cosgrove worked as a family home visitor for Way to Grow, a nonprofit agency focusing on kindergarten readiness. Cosgrove also spent time as an English teacher for WorldTeach in Costa Rica and was a volunteer medical interpreter and patient advocate at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic.
Cosgrove entered Blake in eighth grade and went on to receive her undergraduate degree from University of Puget Sound. After Puget Sound, she earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Joe Larsen, and their two young children.
In her Breakfast at Blake presentation, Cosgrove shared her experiences working as a public health professional throughout the pandemic.