Sarah Stevenson was born and raised in Aotearoa, New Zealand and has developed her skills in health service design and procurement across the globe through working in the public health sector in New Zealand, Australia and in the UK. Sarah is the Portfolio Manager for Population Health at the Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Planning and Funding which means she provides strategic planning and procurement of community and population health services.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in Public Health, her career was founded with a curiosity around how people interact within different settings which influence their health and wellbeing. Sarah is passionate about utilising co-design and user centred design methods to build publically funded health services that are innovative, fit for purpose, value for money and reduce inequalities in healthcare provision. A few examples of recent types of health services that Sarah has facilitated the collaborative design and development of are; Improving access to contraception, Integrated Breastfeeding Support, Smoking related harm reduction in a mental health facility, Skin infection diagnosis and treatment in schools and a Healthy lifestyle service for child and youth. Sarah is driven by positive health outcomes and wants everyone to join her on the journey towards true human-centred public healthcare design.