Heather Vilvens

Heather Lynn Vilvens

Associate Professor

Professional Summary

Heather earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University (Athens) in Psychology and a Masters of Education from the University of Cincinnati in Health Promotion & Education.  She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and has a great deal of experience in public health and health education in Ohio.  She has worked for a variety of organizations on a broad array of issues such as school health, health education standards, heart health, clean air regulations, maternal and child health, farm vehicle safety for children, shared use of school physical activity facilities, and leadership and management issues for the public health workforce.   She is a full-time Assistant Professor in the Allied Health Department at UC Blue Ash College and also serves as program director for the pre-health education program.

Additionally, Heather is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Educational Studies program at the University of Cincinnati. Her area of concentration is Educational and Community-Based Action Research (ECAR) with interests in community-based participatory action research, youth participatory action research, health communications, and social and cultural factors related to health. She just finished up a project working with the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on safe sleep research. The research project aimed to gain a better understanding of the types of messaging that can be used to effectively motivate high risk families to increase their likelihood of making a positive behavior change related to infant safe sleep practices. The project won the 2017 Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership’s (Ohio Department of Health) Promising Practice Award.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Vilvens, Heather L; Vaughn, Lisa M; Southworth, Hayley; Denny, Sarah A; Gittelman, Michael A (2020. ) Personalising Safe Sleep Messaging for Infant Caregivers in the United States.Health & social care in the community, , 28 (3 ) ,891-902 More Information

Choe, Angela Y; Unaka, Ndidi I; Schondelmeyer, Amanda C; Bignall, Whitney J Raglin; Vilvens, Heather L; Thomson, Joanna E (2019. ) Inpatient Communication Barriers and Drivers When Caring for Limited English Proficiency Children.Journal of hospital medicine, , 14 (10 ) ,607-613 More Information

Chace, Mary; Vilvens, Heather (2015. ) Opening the Doors for Health: School Administrators' Perceived Benefits, Barriers, and Needs Related to Shared Use of School Recreational Facilities for Physical Activity.Journal of physical activity & health, , 12 (7 ) ,1017-22 More Information

Crawford, J Mac; Vilvens, Heather; Pearsol, Joanne; Gavit, Katie An assessment of training needs in a rural public health agency: barriers to local public health training.Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974), , 123 (3 ) ,399-404 More Information

Vilvens, H. L., Frame, D. L., & Owen, P. C. (2020. ) Promoting the Inclusion of Mindfulness & Contemplative Practices in the College Classroom.Pedagogy in Health Promotion, , More Information

Haddad, K., Lindquist-Grantz, R., Vilvens, H., Boards, A., Jacquez, F., & Vaughn, L. (2020. ) Empowering Youth to Build BRIDGES: Youth Leadership in Suicide Prevention.Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice, , 3(1): (10 ) ,1-10 More Information

Vilvens, H., Henderson, C., Maloney, B., Roman, T. & Trotta, D. (2016. ) Improving Health Care Collaboration and Communication: Integration of Inter-professional Education Opportunities for Undergraduate Students .Journal for Research & Practice in College Teaching, , 1 (1 ) ,1-8

Honors and Awards

05-2018 Be Well UC, Wellness Champion Award https://www.uc.edu/hr/bewelluc/champions.html Be Well UC Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Recognition

03-2019 Be Well UC #HealthyUC Award for being an example to others of what a #HealthyUC looks like. Status:Recipient Level:University

11-2017 2017 Promising Practice Award for American Academy of Pediatrics, Ohio Chapter, Safe Sleep Messaging Project - Key Researcher on Project Team Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership Status:Recipient Level:State Type:Recognition

10-2013 Distinguished Achievement Award American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Status:Recipient Level:State Type:Recognition