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“I am very grateful to the school for providing me with a foundation of knowledge and a network to do the work that I do today.”
- Krisianna Bock (MPH '00)
FEW PEOPLE PLAN THEIR ESTATE at the age of 40, but then, not many follow the career path of Krisianna Bock (MPH’00). As vice president of HKS Consulting, Bock is a master planner and strategist bringing her public health perspective to hospitals and healthcare systems that serve millions of people worldwide. HKS Consulting is a part of HKS, one of the world’s largest architecture ﬁrms and the second-largest healthcare architecture ﬁrm in the nation.
When planning Kaiser Permanente’s Antelope Valley Specialty Medical Office Building(MOB), Bock led the strategic planning efforts, visit volume forecasts, building sizing plans, and business case, paving the way for the MOB to better meet the health needs of the surrounding community. The MOB is designed to be Net Zero/ LEED-platinum, reflecting public health thinking with drought-resistant landscaping, emphasis on natural light, and incorporation of on-site renewable energy options.
“I am very grateful to the school for providing me with a foundation of knowledge and a network to do the work that I do today, ”Bock says. “In issues of public health and planning, we must collaborate. In order to make thoughtful future decisions and investments in public health, each person needs to lend their expertise.”
It is this mindset that positioned Bock on a successful, albeit untraditional career path in public health as a master planner for hospitals across the nation. Such thinking is also what compelled Bock to give back to the institution that helped launch her career, committing 5 percent of her will in unrestricted planned gifts to the Fielding School. Not many people finalize their will and testament at age 40, but Bock was inspired to do so by her late grandparents — immigrants who survived World War II. Without a formal education or money, her grandparents and family, including Bock’s mother, came to the United States in the late 1950s. Her grandmother was able to leave behind a modest sum to her family, thanks to careful planning, and because of this, Bock felt moved to make a lasting mark as well. “The gift is a small piece in the larger whole seeking to make a difference,” says Bock, who is also launching an alumni fundraising committee in an effort to inspire FSPH graduates from all departments to collaborate together in support of the school.
“There are many pathways in public health to make a difference in the world,” Bock says. “I had the great fortune to learn from Drs. [E. Richard] Brown, [Paul] Torrens, the Roemers [Milton and Ruth], [Gerald] Kominski, [Stuart] Schweitzer, and many others. These titans of public health have dedicated their talents toward the betterment of humanity, and I and many others are continually inspired by their visionary perspectives. Making this gift is about how we can support each other — both our current leaders in the school and our future leaders — and create a legacy in a meaningful way.”