New Jersey Society for Public Health Education
Kiameesha Evans, MPH, MCHES
NJ SOPHE history:
Bio: Kiameesha (Kim) Evans is a Specialist Professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education, School of Nursing and Health Studies at Monmouth University. Prior to her arrival to Monmouth University in Fall 2016, Kiameesha spent more than 15 years in the non-profit sector and consulting world, developing partnerships and educational programs in maternal/child health, HIV/AIDS, chronic disease, and environmental and social justice.
Kiameesha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Public Health degree in Health Education and Behavioral Science from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Public Health (UMDNJ-SPH), and is a doctoral candidate in Health Education and Behavioral Science at Rutgers School of Public Health. She has held the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential since 1998 and obtained the Master CHES credential in 2011. Kim’s research interests include health disparities, coalition building/community engagement, health literacy, and the use of social media and emerging technologies to advance health education. Her dissertation research is exploring the social, cultural, and economic factors that influence parental decision making related to HPV vaccination among adolescent black males.
Kim’s current community service endeavors include a host of committees and coalitions, notably: Job Bank Co-Chair for the New Jersey Society for Public Health Education (NJSOPHE); Raritan Bay YMCA Togetherhood Community Service Program; and membership in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
On a personal note, Kiameesha is the proud Mom of a beautiful daughter and enjoys spending her ‘free’ time spoiling her with her husband, Michael, an extraordinary illustrator/graphic designer.
Aurea Jane De Leon, CHES
NJ SOPHE history: Aurea has been a member of NJ SOPHE since 2015. She soon joined the Job Bank Committee and became co-chair in 2018.
Bio: Aurea received a B.S. in Public Heath with a concentration in Health Education from William Paterson University in 2017.
Aurea began her Public Health career at William Paterson University where she executed outreach programming and educational workshops to encourage college students to make safer and healthier decisions. She also worked part-time as a Research Assistant for United for Prevention in Passaic County, and soon joined their executive board as the Youth Coordinator. There she implemented health promotion campaigns and substance abuse prevention programs throughout the county. She also participated in conducting environmental scans to Passaic County’s off-premise liquor store establishments. Aurea also completed a semester long internship at the Clifton Health Department where she assisted in developing their Emergency Preparedness plans. After graduating, she worked with the Bloomfield Health Department and oversaw the town’s healthy corner store initiative.
Currently, Aurea is serving as the Health Educator to four health departments within Passaic County in contract with Chilton Medical Center. She plans, coordinates, and implements health programs, screenings, and education to the community.