Welcome, Christa Hyson MPH!

Our new Senior Manager External Affairs comes to us from the Cincinnati Health Department, where she served as Health Communication Specialist and Clerk to the Board of Health.

“I’m eager to work with hospitals, government agencies, and civic groups to improve health and build resiliency across the region,” says Christa.

Q: Hey there, Christa! Give us an overview of your role at THC in three sentences or less.
A: Disaster Preparedness Public Information Officer, point person for media relations, and communications lead for Gen-H.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: I love the versatility of public health – it’s something different and fulfilling every day.

Q: What’s your favorite stress-relieving activity outside of the office, and why?
A: I LOVE to make soap! Part science, part art – no limits. I love giving homemade gifts.

Q: What are you most proud of, personally or professionally?
A: This.

Q: If you had a catch phrase, what would it be?
A: Get sh*t done. Sorry Mom.

Q: What TV sitcom would best describe your life?
A: Parks & Recreation. My goal is to be the Leslie Knope of Public Health.

Q: What book are you currently (or most recently) reading?
A: I just finished The Guineveres by Sarah Domet. It’s a fun read.

Q: Yin-yang question: Puppies… or kittens? 
A: This is Sophie’s Choice. I can’t do it. I love them all.

Q: What TV sitcom would best describe your life?

A: Parks & Recreation. My goal is to be the Leslie Knope of Public Health.

Q: What’s the oddest job you ever had (besides this one)?
A: I worked at a marina in high school. It was an awesome job to work on boats and be on the water… however… not the most fun when I had to empty out the toilets.

Q: Have you ever met a celebrity? If yes, who was it? Were they nice?
A: Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Twice! Once in Atlanta, Georgia and once in Monterosso al Mare, Italy. They were very kind. Super sad to report that they did not remember me.

Q: What really grinds your gears?
A: People that text and drive.

Q: What song would you sing on American Idol?
A: If I could do it justice… “Purple Rain.” But I would never embarrass Prince like that…

Q: If you could be in a movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?
A: I’ve always admired Emma Thompson. If I could pull off the character that she plays in Wit (Professor Vivian Bearing), I’d have a shelf of academy awards.

Ready for a Purple Rain duet? Reach out to Christa at chyson@healthcollab.org!