Elaine Abrams '98
BS, Community Health
Elaine Abrams. RN, CHES, MPH, is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a background in nursing. She graduated Magna Cume Laude from WestConn in 1998 with a B.S. in Community Health Education. Abrams was the first WestConn graduate in Health Science to obtain national certification as a health education specialist (CHES). She has actively served on WestConn's University/Community Advisory Board in Partnership for Health Education since its inception in 1998. She completed a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Connecticut in May 2002. For her Master's thesis, she worked closely with the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Environmental Protection Agency Region I to evaluate Connecticut’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program. This was the first evaluation of this national program to date.
Abrams nursing, heath education and public health experiences have often
targeted hard to reach populations. She coordinated the Wellness on Wheels
mobile medical outreach program for the City of Danbury for two years prior
to returning to graduate school. Prior to this position, she coordinated the
Connecticut Aids Education and Training Center at Yale University. While
attending graduate school, she worked as a health education consultant for
the Danbury Public School District, implementing a district-wide Coordinated
School Health Program. She is currently working as a health education
coordinator for a statewide pilot childhood lead prevention program in
conjunction with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.