A certified health education specialist (CHES) with proven expertise in initiating, designing, implementing and overseeing programs that benefit the health and well-being of New Jersey residents, having served Somerset County for more than a decade. A public health professional that has demonstrated proficiency in the development, coordination and management of health information and education projects and activities that address the issues and concerns that impact the Senior Community, such as personal fitness, well-being, diet and nutrition. Working in a healthcare setting as well as the public sector has provided me with an unique insight that can be applied, leveraged and utilized towards the goal of ensuring that all programs are best tailored and suited to optimally serve Somerset County's senior population.
Maintained regional networks, linkages, and partnerships with "whole of community" stakeholders through the coordination, development and delivery of workshops, exercises and related activities with public health, healthcare, emergency management officials as well as not-for-profit community partners
Coordinated the logistics of hosting programs at off-site locations identifying appropriate professionals to implement specific aspects of the program, negotiate with various community agencies or private vendors to provide space for programs, acquiring available space, promoting program/event to targeted audiences and adjusting for class size, and if applicable, assisted with the negotiation of cost between the venue, hospital and New Jersey Department of Health.
Assisted RWJ Somerset administration in promotion, coordination and delivery of appropriate educational programs for hospital staff, while adjusting programs when necessary and reporting of changes through reports in a timely manner.
Trained as a Peer Leader Course Instructor for the Diabetes and Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop: Delivered programs to senior citizen health and wellness centers.
Supervised a nursing student intern to develop and deliver presentations to community partners.
Served as the Deputy Coordinator for the Somerset County ‘s Medical Reserve Corp. For civilian volunteers.
Responsible for the coordination of all programmatic aspects pertaining to emergency notification, health education, and risk communication for the Department's Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant.
Coordinated the distribution of targeted, validated and time-sensitive public health information to first responders and relevant community partners via email, fax and the department's website.
Prepared and delivered annual budgets, work plans and progress reports as per the New Jersey Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control Grant requirements totaling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Developed team communications and information for meetings with county and local health officials and facilitated focus groups and public health education outreach meetings.
Facilitated programmatic activities in conjunction with the department's public health emergency team to prepare for recurring public health events (e.g. hosting a seasonal flu clinic for seniors) as well as planning, developing and delivering programs to prepare for/respond to emergencies such as Super Storm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and the H1N1 influenza epidemic.
Interned as a Graduate Research Assistant at the New York State Department of Health
Accepted into a combined 7-year BA/DO Program with SUNY New Paltz and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM)
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