Jennifer Walters, MPH
Indiana University, 2012
Master of Public Health: Behavioral, Social, and Community Health
University of Northern Iowa, 2010
Bachelor of Arts: Health
External Funds Development Specialist
Black Hawk County Health Department, Waterloo, IA May 2012-Present
-Prepare external funding proposals on behalf of the Black Hawk County Health Department to support a variety of public health programs.
-Assist with the planning and evaluation of evidence-based health programs for diverse populations.
-Serve as a worksite health liaison, assisting local businesses with making health promoting policy and environmental changes.
-Lead the development of a comprehensive wellness program for county employees.
Community Obesity Educator/School Garden Coordinator
AmeriCorps Improving Health Throughout Indiana-Indiana University Health, Bloomington, IN, August 2011-May 2012
-Provided community-based education for obesity and related health issues, with a focus on prevention.
-Collaborated with community partners for the implementation and evaluation of the G.O.A.L. (Get On Board Active Living) program for childhood obesity.
-Planned, implemented, and evaluated a school gardening program with three local schools.
Community Health Program Assistant
Columbus Regional Health, Healthy Communities, Columbus, IN, January 2011-May 2011; November 2011-May 2012
-Assisted with planning, implementing, and evaluating “Bartholomew County on the Move,” a federally funded 12-week physical activity and healthy lifestyle challenge for community members, schools, and worksites.
Health Coach (PRN)
Principal Wellness Company, Indianapolis, IN, January 2011-January 2012
-Interpreted health screening results and delivered highly personalized, one-on-one health education to clients.
-Helped participants identify goals and increase confidence to make positive lifestyle changes to improve overall health and quality of life.
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, August 2010-December 2011
-Provided instructional support for professors in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; ensured that all projects, duties, and responsibilities related to courses were fulfilled.
-Maintained a high level of organization, recorded student grades, created test questions, proctored exams, and promoted a respectful learning atmosphere in four undergraduate courses with 70 students in each class.
Intern, Iowans Fit for Life
Iowa Department of Public Health, Des Moines, IA, May 2010-August 2010
-Supported federally funded grant initiatives related to increasing physical activity, limiting screen-time in daycares, increasing healthy vending machine options, and improving neighborhood walkability.
-Entered data to assess inter-rater-rater reliability of the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey-Vending (NEMS-V) system.
-Reviewed six applications for community wellness grants.
Professional Affiliations and Awards
Monroe County Community School Corporation (2012)
Received the “Healthy Schools” award for lifelong commitment to the health and wellbeing of students.
American Association for Health Education (March 2010-Present)
-Currently serving a two-year term on the Board of Directors (March 2011-Present)
-Mentor for Undergraduate Health Education Students (2011-present)
-“Outstanding Undergraduate Major of the Year Award” recipient, University of Northern Iowa (2010)
Public Health Student Assembly Liaison (August 2010-May 2012)
-Assisted with school and community events related to the transition from a School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation to an accredited School of Public Health at Indiana University.
-Facilitated Master of Public Health orientation activities; serve as an ambassador to incoming and prospective students.
-Designed and implemented hands-on nutrition and physical fitness activities for approximately 200 children, ages 5-16, for Wonderlab’s Exploring Careers in Public Health Fair (October 2011).