Kara Carter, MSW, LMSW
I am interested in studying issues pertaining to end-of-life with an emphasis on the unique characteristics of rurality. I plan to examine the upstream drivers of health disparities and mesosystem level interventions that promote health equity.
My professional experience began in the non-profit realm, providing advocacy services within a domestic violence shelter. I began to see how loss comes in many forms, and people respond in very different ways. While working at the Iowa City VA Health Care System I became interested in post-traumatic stress and post-deployment adjustment. Happenstance led me to hospice, the most rewarding social work role I have had. Hospice rounded out my views of grief and loss, unveiling the idea that it is humanly possible to have "good grief."