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BUILDING EFFICIENCY AND QUALITY IN HEALTH EDUCATION: The Army Wellness Center Model

Rivera, Luis Omar Ph.D.; Jackson, Dawnyéa D. Ph.D.; Rivera, Moira Shaw Ph.D.; Murray, Elizabeth R.N., M.Ed., MCHES; Waardenburg, Tiffany R.D., LDN, ACSM-CPT; Jenkins, Kathryn MSM, PA-C, ACSM-CPT; Wahl, David M.A., CSCS; Mitvalsky, Laura A. M.S.; Hoover, Todd A. M.A., CHES, ACSM EP-C

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000191
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Learning Objectives The reader will develop an understanding of a primary prevention health education model that the U.S. Army is currently implementing to help support a healthy force. The reader will learn about the key aspects of this model that have been identified as most beneficial to helping clients improve their health from the perspective of a sample of health educators who have applied the model.

Luis Omar Rivera, Ph.D.,is a quantitative data advisor in the Public Health Assessment Program within the U.S. Army Institute of Public Health's Health Promotion and Wellness Directorate. He is evaluation lead for Army Wellness Centers and is passionate about improving public health practice through evaluation and innovative techniques in data management and analysis. Dr. Rivera trained as a social cognitive psychologist at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Dawnyéa D. Jackson, Ph.D.,is a program evaluator in the Public Health Assessment Program within the U.S. Army Institute of Public Health's Health Promotion and Wellness Portfolio. Dr. Jackson firmly believes that people need knowledge, the support of those around them, and the self-efficacy to make effective and long-lasting behavior change in their lives. Dr. Jackson has expertise in health promotion, health education, and health behavior change theories and interventions.

Moira Shaw Rivera, Ph.D.,is a senior evaluation associate in the Public Health Evaluation Division at Contracting Resources Group. She earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at El Paso and worked with the U.S. Army Public Health Center (Provisional), Army Institute of Public Health through a Department of Defense fellowship. Dr. Rivera's work focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of health promotion programs and advocating for using evaluation to achieve more effective health promotion practice.

Elizabeth Murray, R.N., M.Ed., MCHES,is a nurse educator at the Army Wellness Center, Carlisle Barracks, with more than 25 combined years in clinical, corporate, and community health. Her career spans the spectrum of health from the intensive care to population health management. Elizabeth is passionate about her work and is committed to improving the quality of life in the communities she works in through health education, intrinsically motivated behavior change, and risk reduction.

Tiffany Waardenburg, R.D., LDN, ACSM-CPTis a health educator at the Army Wellness Center Carlisle Barracks. She has worked in health and wellness for the past 7 years and strives to help individuals pursue optimal health through sustainable changes to diet and activity. Tiffany studied culinary arts at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and dietetics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Kathryn Jenkins, MSM, PA-C, ACSM-CPT,served as a health educator for more than 4 years in the Vicenza community. Her work focused on the healthy mind, healthy body connection. Through years of experience, Kathryn has observed that fitness is more than simply conditioning your body — the importance of stress management in fitness is often overlooked.

David Wahl, M.A., CSCS, is a health educator for the Army Wellness Center Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany. He has been a strength and conditioning coach, working with athletes concerned with performance enhancement and people concerned with health and fitness improvement, since 2003. David works with people by guiding them to healthier habits, improved fitness, weight loss, and better sleep behavior.

Laura A. Mitvalsky, M.S.,is the director of the Health Promotion and Wellness Directorate in the U.S. Army Public Health Center (Provisional), Army Institute of Public Health. She directs all program and administrative activities and has strategic oversight across multiple program areas, including Army Wellness Centers and the Public Health Assessment Program. Building a culture of accountability through evaluation and proliferation of evidence-based programs across the Army is at the foundation of her work.

Todd A. Hoover, M.A., CHES, ACSM EP-C,is the founder of the Army Wellness Center initiative. He serves as the Army Wellness Center program manager for the U.S. Army Public Health Center (Provisional), Army Institute of Public Health.

Disclosure:The views expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Department of Defense, Department of the Army, U.S. Army Medical Department, or the U.S. Government.

This project was funded by the U.S. Army Public Health Center (Provisional) and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

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