Meet Krista Osterthaler, MPH


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Krista Osterthaler is the Director of External Affairs for the National Capital Poison Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and accredited poison control center in Washington, DC. In her current role, Krista is responsible for communications and development activities for the center and webPOISONCONTROL. Krista began her career as a teacher in an underserved public high school, eventually joining poison control as a poisoning prevention educator. Krista has since served as Vice President for the American Association of Poison Control Centers, National Poisoning Prevention Council Chair, and Director of Programs and Research at Safe Kids Worldwide. Krista has a bachelor's degree in biology and music, a master's degree in public health, a graduate certificate in epidemiology, and is currently pursuing an additional graduate certificate in visual and digital health communications (2024). Krista is the mom of two little human mischief-makers, a rescued English Setter, a Bearded Dragon, and two Houdini gerbils in Potomac, Maryland.

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