Heather Lynn Vilvens
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. ) More Information.Health & social care in the community, , 28 (3 ) ,891-902
Choe, Angela Y; Unaka, Ndidi I; Schondelmeyer, Amanda C; Bignall, Whitney J Raglin; Vilvens, Heather L; Thomson, Joanna E (2019. ) More InformationJournal of hospital medicine, , 14 (10 ) ,607-613
Chace, Mary; Vilvens, Heather (2015. ) More InformationJournal of physical activity & health, , 12 (7 ) ,1017-22
Crawford, J Mac; Vilvens, Heather; Pearsol, Joanne; Gavit, Katie More InformationPublic health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974), , 123 (3 ) ,399-404
Vilvens, H. L., Frame, D. L., & Owen, P. C. (2020. ) More Information.Pedagogy in Health Promotion, ,
Haddad, K., Lindquist-Grantz, R., Vilvens, H., Boards, A., Jacquez, F., & Vaughn, L. (2020. ) More Information.Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice, , 3(1): (10 ) ,1-10
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
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