Kim Nesbitt (FORHP)

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Kim Nesbitt is a Public Health Analyst at Rural Strategic Initiatives Division (RSID) of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) at Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA). In this role, she oversees the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) Psychostimulant Support grant program as the program coordinator/project officer. Prior to joining HRSA Kim was instrumental in the development of many behavioral health programs and management of the State Targeted and Opioid Response grants at Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration.

Ms. Nesbitt has 20 years of experience in the public health sector, with expertise in prevention, grant oversite, research study coordination, and program development.  She holds a master’s degree in Community Health Education from Adelphi University, a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York, and an associate’s degree in Nursing from Howard Community College.

One of Kim’s greatest strengths is her commitment to excellence and accountability. For example, she will go the distance to ensure that due dates are met and projects are complete – including spending extra time with teammates, grantees, or key stakeholders to make sure that all relevant information is being shared. When something is unclear, she is respectfully vocal and invested in getting the clarity necessary for ensuring she understands all aspects of the project to complete the tasks at hand.

After witnessing disparities in health care throughout her personal and professional life, Kim is an advocate of the underserved. She is passionate about health equity and initiated the implementation of the behavioral health disparities impact statement (DIS) in some RCORP grant programs. She was essential in conducting research to assist in conceptualizing the DIS tool that helps increase access to behavioral health services to underserved people in rural communities.  

In her leisure time, Kim enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with family, helping others in various forms of community service, and ministry. She endeavors to do good, seek justice, and help the oppressed. Simply put, “I am blessed to be a blessing.”