Alumna chosen for HESPA II panel

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Jennifer Jones, MPH

HOUSTON – Alumna Jennifer Jones, MPH, [formerly Jennifer Torres] was selected to serve on the Practice Analysis Panel of the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis II (HESPA II). HESPA II co-sponsored by The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).

Jones, who earned her MPH degree in 2009 through the UTHealth School of Public Health Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, was chosen for the panel from a national pool of volunteers who have passed the MCHES or CHES exams. Jones is CHES certified, and currently works as a senior trainer in the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research at the School of Public Health.

The panel convened in May and in June in North Carolina, and will do so again from July 19-20.

Jones, who earned a BA in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame, currently works on three projects at the School of Public Health and her work includes development and delivery of training and professional development related to sexual and reproductive health. The training targets health care professionals and clinic staff in the Houston area. The objective of the training team Jones works with is to increase organizational capacity to educate and counsel young women about contraceptive options, with the ultimate goal of decreasing unintended pregnancies. The topics they cover include: “Circles of Sexuality across the Lifespan,” “Exploring Values, Beliefs, and Attitudes towards Sexuality,” “Client-Centered Care and the One Key Question,” “Cultural Humility and Client-Centered Care,” and “Intimate Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion.”

— Shannon LaDuke