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Senior Consultant
Tia Bastian brings more than 10 years working in research and evaluation in non-profit, government, and academic settings to The Improve Group. She has extensive experience in public health and in using community-based participatory research as an approach to advancing health equity. Tia’s favorite part of evaluation is the opportunity for learning and discovery, and she enjoys working with stakeholders to make sense of data together. She brings expertise in quantitative methods, public health, health equity, social epidemiology, cancer prevention and control, and community interventions.

Brings to the Team

  • Strategic thinking and the ability to see how parts fit into bigger picture
  • A strong background in public health and understanding of social determinants of health
  • Cultural responsiveness in evaluation design, methods, and interpretation of findings
  • Advanced training in quantitative data analysis
  • An evaluation approaches that incorporates a lens of social and racial justice
  • Enjoyment of learning and openness to trying new things
  • A focus on collaboration and on ensuring evaluation is useful to clients

Work Experience

  • The Improve Group, Senior Consultant (2017-present)
  • American Indian Cancer Foundation, Research Assistant (2017)
  • Allina Health, Research Assistant (2016-2017)
  • University of Minnesota, Research Assistant & Evaluator (2012-2017)
  • Blue Zones, Research Associate (2011-2012)
  • Gundersen Health System, Research Specialist (2007-2010)
  • Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Field Epidemiologist (2006-2007)
  • The Aroostook Medical Center, Project Manager (2005-2006)


  • Master of Public Health in Environmental Health, University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Luther College

Brings to the Community

  • Minnesota Cancer Alliance, Cancer Health Equity Network member (2015-present)

Beyond the Bio
Tia is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Epidemiology, so she spends a lot of time working on her dissertation these days. Luckily, she loves it, so it doesn’t always feel like work. In her free time, Tia loves listening to live music, reading, drinking wine with her neighbors, playing with her children, and spending as much time as possible in the warm sun—because she’s always cold!