Shawnté M. Elbert

Shawnté Elbert, MA, MCHES, TTS, CHWC, (ABD)

Shawnté attended East Carolina University where she was an active Peer Educator in Healthy P.I.R.A.T.E.S. as an undergraduate in the Department of Health Education and Promotion with a concentration in Worksite Health. She received her Master of Arts degree in Wellness from Chatham University. Shawnté received her Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) in April 2016, her CHES® certification in 2007, and a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) certification in 2012, and has been trained as a Health & Wellness Coach. At East Carolina University-Student Health Services she held the Health Educator position for over five and a half years. At East Carolina she served as an Intern supervisor, provided prevention and awareness events, programs, small group and 1-on-1 consultations to students on various health and wellness topics, and taught a Freshman Seminar Course. While at East Carolina, she also served as the Assistant Director of Greek Life for 10 months for the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the Multicultural Greek Council.

After East Carolina, she was employed at UNC Charlotte – Center for Wellness Promotion, where she was the Health Educator for Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs and General Health. Shawnté also ran a successful Tobacco Cessation clinic for students while serving as a site supervisor for graduate and undergraduate Interns, co-advised the Wellness Ambassadors and G.A.M.M.A. Peer Education groups. Shawnté also served as an Adjunct Instructor teaching a Peer Health 2 course, along with health and wellness courses for Central Piedmont Community College, Kaplan University and University of Phoenix. Shawnté has over five years’ experience with traditional and online teaching. Currently, Shawnté has a faculty appointment with the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Liberal Arts.

Additionally, she has more than 11 years of health education and promotion experience. Over the years Shawnté has worked as a Health Educator for traditional and non-traditional students and university employees. She has developed programs, events and health/wellness coaching for a diverse group of students and employees successfully utilizing best practices and evidence informed initiatives to ensure a comprehensive and holistic approach to wellbeing. She also provides HR trainings for IU/IUPUI employees. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. from St. Thomas University in Educational Leadership and Management. She has received personal honors from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., ECU Leadership Awards: 2016 40 under 40, 2017 APHA ATOD Section – College Based Leadership Award.

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