Erik Christensen

State Medical Examiner, Utah Department of Health

Erik Christensen received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He spent ten years in the Army where he received internship training in pediatrics and residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology. While in the Army, he served as a flight surgeon and general medical officer as well as chief of primary care and director of autopsy and blood banking at various posts. Since leaving the Army, Erik received fellowship training in forensic pathology in Richmond, Virginia and has worked full-time as a forensic pathologist in Virginia, South Carolina and Utah. He was appointed as chief medical examiner for the State of Utah in July 2016. He is board certified in anatomic, clinical and forensic pathology and is a fellow of the National Association of Medical Examiners and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.


Making Your Case for Funding. This workshop is for anyone interested in developing a compelling budget request for new resources. Covered topics include why ‘making the case’ is so important, how to answer the question ‘What are we buying with the requested funds?’, and how to represent critical-need requests, among other concepts. Workshop presenters will include a panel of agency experts who will offer general best practices and context-specific guidance for creating successful requests.