Who We Are

The Center staff is made up of people who have decades of experience working in public health at the local, state and national levels. In addition, national and regional experts provide technical assistance on topics such as financial analysis, legal analysis, operations and management, facilitation, stakeholder engagement, health improvement planning, quality improvement, communications and evaluation.

Our History

Since 2012, the Center for Sharing Public Health Services has served as a national resource on cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS), building the evidence and producing and disseminating tools, methods and models to assist public health agencies and policymakers as they consider and adopt CJS approaches.

The Center for Sharing Public Health Services is a national initiative managed by the Kansas Health Institute with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Our Staff

Grace Gorenflo, M.P.H., R.N.


Grace Gorenflo, M.P.H., R.N., is a public health consultant with over 25 years of experience with governmental public health departments. Grace specializes in sharing public health services across political jurisdictions; public health agency quality improvement, performance management and accreditation; and community health improvement planning. Her clients include local, state, tribal and territorial health departments; state and national public health organizations; and non-profit hospitals.

Grace is an adjunct professor for the Department of Health Policy and Administration, College of Health and Human Development, Pennsylvania State University; and she is on faculty for the Northwest Public Health Practice Center’s Public Health Management Certificate Program in the School of Public Health, University of Washington. She serves on advisory committees for the Master of Public Health programs at the Pennsylvania State University and at Central Michigan University.

Grace has published articles and book chapters on quality improvement, accreditation, local health department infrastructure, and managed care. She received a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia. Grace worked for 10 years as a registered nurse in acute care and research settings, and for 30 years she volunteered for community organizations dedicated to medically underserved populations.

Wyatt J. Beckman, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.


Wyatt J. Beckman, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., Analyst, also is an Analyst at the Kansas Health Institute. He provides research and technical support primarily related to population health.

Prior to joining KHI, Wyatt was a research assistant at Indiana University Public Policy Institute where he performed a wide variety of applied research and evaluation.

Wyatt earned a master’s degree in public health from Indiana University, where he focused on behavioral, social and community health and also on public health administration. He received a bachelor’s degree in health science from Truman State University. Wyatt is a certified health education specialist.

Michele Sumpter

Administrative Assistant

Michele Sumpter, Administrative Assistant, supports the policy and research staff. She provides meeting support, makes travel arrangements and monitors expenses.

Prior to joining KHI, Michele spent 16 years at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, most recently as a small group marketing representative. She also has worked for the Menninger Clinic and St. Francis Health.

Michele attended Washburn University and Allen County Community College.

Cathy McNorton

Communication Coordinator

Cathy McNorton, Communication Coordinator, also is the Senior Communication Specialist at the Kansas Health Institute. She ensures we effectively communicate health policy issues. She edits and formats documents, and helps to create, implement and evaluate awareness campaigns that include print and electronic media.

Prior to joining KHI, Cathy worked in communication, development and membership for a professional association.

Cathy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washburn University, where she majored in marketing and management.

We’re well positioned to act on many issues that impact health.