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Kasondra McCracken

Lecturer
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9020
Biography

Kasondra earned her bachelor's degree from The University of Arizona and her master's degree in Community Health Education from the University of New Mexico. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and spent several years working as a public health educator in the college setting. Some of her favorite topics to teach are health promotion program planning, malaria prevention, suicide prevention, healthy relationships, and stress management. In 2017 she became certified as a holistic stress management instructor (HSMI). 

Kasondra has five years experience teaching health science courses at the university level. Before joining Arizona State, Kasondra had the opportunity to teach malaria education in Tamale, Ghana. She also has a heart for national service, and previously worked for Teach for America, Americorps, and the American Red Cross. Kasondra In 2015, Kasondra was the Pacific Coast Region Winner for the American College Health Association Affiliate New Professional Award. This award recognizes those who have provided service to the field of college health for five years or less and who have made significant contributions to their institutions. 

Education

Master of Science in Community Health Education, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, College of Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences, conferred with Distinction, 2013

Bachelor of Science - Health Sciences in Health Education, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, conferred 2008

Certified Holistic Stress Management Instructor (HSMI), Paramount Wellness Institute, conferred June 2017.

Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, conferred April 2014

Research Interests

 

 

Publications

Changing the World with Fishing Nets and Wedding Veils: A Malaria Prevention Article. Spirituality and Health Magazine. July 16, 2019.

Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 102Foundations of HEHP
EXW 454Health Promotion Plan and Impl
EXW 466Health Prom Mgmt and Admin
EXW 554Plan Implem Health Promotion
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 400Stress Management for Wellness
EXW 454Health Promotion Plan and Impl
EXW 554Plan Implem Health Promotion
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 102Foundations of HEHP
EXW 312HIV/AIDS Prevention
EXW 321Consumer Health
EXW 351Substance Abuse Prevention
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 102Foundations of HEHP
EXW 446Health Promotion & Progrm Eval
EXW 454Health Promotion Plan and Impl
EXW 466Health Prom Mgmt and Admin
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 400Stress Management for Wellness
EXW 466Health Prom Mgmt and Admin
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 302Fundamentals of Wellness
EXW 325Fitness for Life
EXW 400Stress Management for Wellness
Presentations

Presenter, “Creating a Safe Space: A Post-Secondary Educator’s Perspective on Preventing Suicide,” Arizona State University. Phoenix, AZ, April 2016

Guest Lecturer, “Health Education Q&A,” Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, April 2016

Poster Presentation, “Stressbusters: A Suicide Prevention Initiative,” 14th Annual NAU Assessment Fair, Flagstaff, AZ, March 30, 2015

Guest Lecturer, “Contraceptive Choices,” Northern Arizona University Biology/Healthy Lifestyles class, Flagstaff, AZ, 2014-2015

Guest Lecturer, “Sexually Transmitted Infections,” Northern Arizona University Biology/Healthy Lifestyles class, Flagstaff, AZ, 2014-2015

Presenter, “Sexology,” Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 2014-2015

Presenter, “Campus Connect Suicide Prevention Training,” Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 2014-2015

Presenter, “Stress Less,” Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 2014-2015

Presenter, “Pillow Talk,” Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 2014-2015

Presenter, “Creepy or Cute,” Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 2014-2015

Presenter, “How to Stay Healthy and Well in College” Northern Arizona University Freshmen Orientation, Flagstaff, AZ, 2014

Presenter, “Stand by Me: LGBTQ & Mental Health Q-Chat,” Northern Arizona University LGBTQIA Office, Flagstaff, AZ, October 2014

Presenter, “LGBTQ Safer Sex Workshop Q-Chat,” Northern Arizona University LGBTQIA Office, Flagstaff, AZ, October 2014

Presenter, “Suicide Prevention for ROTC Students” Northern Arizona University Army ROTC Office, Flagstaff, AZ, October 2014

Poster Presentation, “An Examination of the Use of Bed Nets to Address the Global Spread of Malaria,” 16th Annual UNM Graduate Student Colloquium, Albuquerque, NM, March 26, 2013

Closing Speaker, “Peace Begins in Me” Charity Benefit, Albuquerque Balloon Museum, October 13, 2011

Honors / Awards

Committee for Campus Inclusion Catalyst Award, 2019

American College Health Association Affiliate New Professional, Pacific Coast Region, 2015

Outstanding Graduate Award for Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences, 2013

Certificate of National Service, AmeriCorps, 2007

American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter Award/Student and Youth Services, 2007

Professional Associations

Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), National Commission for Health Education Credentialing

Work History

Lecturer, Arizona State University. College of Health Solutions, Phoenix, AZ, 2016 – Present

Instructor, Northern Arizona University, Dept. of Health Sciences, Flagstaff, AZ, 2014 – 2016

Health Educator, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 2014 – 2015

Teaching Assistant, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2012 – 2013

Program Coordinator, Project PeacePal / Against Malaria Foundation, Tamale, Ghana, 2012

Malaria Program Consultant, Project PeacePal, Albuquerque, NM, 2010 – 2012

Teacher, Watch Me Grow Preschool, Gilbert, AZ, 2009 – 2010

Second Grade Teacher, Teach for America, Isaac School District, Phoenix, AZ, 2008 - 2009

Intern, Community Food Bank, Tucson, AZ, 2008

Instructor/Intern, American Red Cross, Tucson, AZ, 2007

AmeriCorps State Member, Arts for All, Tucson, AZ, 2007

Service

NCHEC Ambassador, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, 2018 - 2019

Angel Tree Coordinator. Angel Tree is a program of Prison Fellowship that connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. This program was founded in 1982 by an ex-prisoner who witnessed firsthand the strained relationship between prisoners and their children. Angel Tree has grown to be the largest national outreach specifically for the children of prisoners. In October – December, I planned and implemented this program, overseeing volunteers and coordinating logistics. 52 children living in Flagstaff, Williams, Leup, and Cameron received gifts this Christmas. APHA calls the “school to prison pipeline” a huge public health concern and consider it a health equity issue. Angel Tree allows space to build trust so that a systems change can begin to take place and help to change the narrative.

Sunday School Teacher. Redemption Church, Flagstaff Arizona.

Volunteer, Foster Care and Adoption Network, 2016