Subspecialty: Cross-Cultural and Global Health
Kristen was born in Huntington, West Virginia near Marshall University but grew up in North Carolina. She obtained her BSN from UNC-Charlotte after struggling with the decision of pursuing an art degree, education degree or a nursing degree.
It was not long into she nursing program when Kristen realized that she thoroughly enjoyed community health and psych nursing. Instead of working in a hospital after graduation she boarded a plane with 21 other Americans and headed off to Africa with the Peace Corps. She lived in a village in Malawi for 26 months. She primary goal was to increase the number of health professionals in Malawi through nurse education at Trinity College of Nursing and Midwifery.
Kristen additionally did a number of secondary projects with various groups ranging from medicinal garden training, oil press income generating activities, gender and development projects including camps for secondary school girls, prevention of tropical diseases campaigns and projects with People Living with HIV. She also backpacked and hitched all over Malawi and several other countries in southern Africa, and learned that in addition to art, ITF tae kwon do, reading and traveling. She loves scuba diving, sand boarding, whitewater rafting – and cheese! Kristen's experiences in Africa made her understand the importance of culture when providing healthcare, and this is where her focus lies.
Kristen received her MN and DNP in Spring, 2013. She currently is a post-doctoral fellow with the Afya Bora Consortium. With this 1-year post-docotral fellowship, she works with the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) in Nairobi on developing a Gender-Based Violence Information System for Kenya with the Ministry of Health and other Kenyan and International agencies. She also works part-time with the African Regulatory Collaborative (ARC) for Nurses and Midwives on the development of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Library for 17 countries in East, Central and Southern Africa. This involves assessing CPD resources available, mode of delivery, and training modules of the highest priority for each country. With I-TECH she also works on various aspects of Monitoring and Evaluation of their country projects, mostly the EMR roll-out and training in the country, and has been asked to look into their knowledge management system there in Kenya.