Elizabeth Amaya-Fernandez, Health Educator, Bloguera, Adjunct Professor

Elizabeth Amaya-Fernandez is a health education specialist at Rutgers University Health Services serving the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses.  Liz is responsible for alcohol and other drug education at the University as advisor to the ADAwGs, (Alcohol and Drug Awareness Generated by Students) a student peer health educator group, as well as other health-related student organizations.  She also teaches undergraduate courses for the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.  As coordinator for the alternative spring break trip to Nicaragua, she travels with students from her International Public Health course to learn more about global health.

Liz believes in the power of social media and requires all students in her courses to utilize online resources and social networking sites.  Prior to joining Rutgers University, Liz was the Director of Health Education at the National Latina Health Network (NLHN).  There she provided capacity building and technical assistance to service providers working in Latin@ communities in the United States, in addition to being the national spokesperson for NLHN on Latina and youth health issues.

An accomplished educator and trainer, Liz’s training topics include cultural competency, community engagement and mobilization, leadership development, HIV prevention education, reproductive health, sexuality education, and women’s health issues.  She is an adjunct professor in the Health and Nutrition Sciences Department at Montclair State University and has served on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey and on the Latino Community Planning Advisory Board for the United States/Mexico Border Health Association.  She has a Masters in Public Health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University.  She is especially proud that she has been able to work with young people committed to improving the health of their communities in the United States, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Cuba.

You can find her online tweeting and blogging for work as @rhshope and @ruglobalhealth or ruglobalhealth.wordpress.com and on twitter for herself @artemisretreats or follow her blogs intldreams.tumblr.com and mujerzen.wordpress.com