Q & A with Sierra Kirby, MPH, RD, LD
 
Community Health Dietitian
 
 
What are the primary duties of your new position? 
 
Provide nutrition services to community members with a focus on obtaining and preparing healthful foods for disease prevention.
 
Where did you receive your education? 
 
I received my Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and my Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and global health from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
 
What is your prior experience relevant to your new position? 
 
Prior to working at CSKT I worked at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension in Las Vegas where I managed public health nutrition programs in schools, Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation in Reno where I taught school aged children about the relationship between our food system and climate change, and during graduate school I worked at the Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis where I provided nutrition and health education to Native community members. 
 
Are you a Tribal Member? 
 
No
 
Where are you from? 
 
Minnesota (Twin Cities area)
 
Why did you choose a career in health? 
 
I chose to pursue a career in health because of my love for food, cooking, and gardening. Food brings people together and plays a critical role in forming connections with each other and our environment. I believe our relationship with food, from soil to plate, can play a critical role in fostering healthy individuals and communities. 
 
What are you excited about in your new position? 
 
I am most excited to meet and work with community members. I am excited to learn about familial cultural food practices and infuse these practices into holistic community nutrition programs. 
 
What activities and/or hobbies do you pursue in your free time? 
 
In my free time I like to spend as much time as I can outdoors either hiking, fishing, or gardening. I am also an avid cook and baker and am always trying to develop new cooking skills and experiment with new flavors. I also enjoy reading and spending time with my cat and bearded dragon.