Laura Reichhardt, MSN, RN, received her B.S. in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Community Health in 2006 from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, supporting research in culturally-based indigenous diabetes prevention, community identified diabetes and obesity prevention, and immigrant health disparities. Originally from the U.S.-Mexico border region of Arizona, she began her career in with the Arizona Department of Health, Office of Border Health as the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission Arizona Outreach Officer. In this role, she worked with binational federal, state, local and tribal governments and non-governmental organizations to address health inequity and health workforce development within the border region. In 2008, she completed a fellowship from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute, receiving training in systems theory and program development. Upon moving to Hawai’i, Ms. Reichhardt joined Hawai’i Medical Service Association Care Management department, focusing her work on quality improvement, development of health indicator reporting to primary providers, and health delivery design for Medicare and Medicaid plans. She entered the University of Hawai’i School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene Master’s Entry Program in Nursing, completing a M.S. in Nursing; she is certified as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. During this time, she also completed a fellowship in health policy under the Office of the Dean and was the nursing intern for Hawai’i Senator Rosalyn Baker during the 2014 legislative session. Upon graduating, she joined the Hawai’i State Center for Nursing as Legislative Analyst. During her personal time, she studies modern and contemporary dance.