Kate Rauch, Health Journalist


Kate Rauch has spent more than two decades writing about health for websites and print media, including WebMD, Drugstore, the Washington Post health section, and Newsday, as well as HMOs such as Kaiser Permanente (in the San Francisco Bay Area) and Group Health (in Seattle). Catherine holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and a B.S. in cultural geography from the University of California at Berkeley. Catherine's degree in geography led her to spend five years working as an archaeologist and anthropologist in Alaska. One of her main activities there was collecting oral histories from Eskimo elders, and she was deeply moved by the reverence Eskimos have for older people -- the keepers of essential wisdom and skills.

Catherine lives in Albany, California, with her two children. She is the only sibling of three to live near her 80-something father, enjoying the still-developing richness of their relationship as they both get older. Very much a member of the "sandwich generation," she often finds herself driving her son to Little League games one moment and touching base with her dad about his new pacemaker the next.


Recently Published on Caring.com

What to Ask in a Home Care Agency Interview — Sep 12, 2013
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A Buyer's Guide to Personal Emergency Response Systems — Feb 15, 2011
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In-Home Care: What to Do When Things Go Wrong — Aug 21, 2009
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