The Missouri Immunization Coalition (MIC) is pleased to announce the addition of Tessa Feeney to the team as the new Public Health Educator. Feeney, who joined the MIC Programs Department in August, is a 2023 graduate of the University of Missouri, having obtained a Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health degree with minors in Art and Psychology, and a certificate in Multicultural Studies.
In her previous role as a Certified Peer Educator at the University of Missouri’s Wellness Resource Center, Tessa built skills in health education and promotion, educating her peers about important health topics like alcohol safety, stress management, safer sex practices, nutrition, and holistic well-being. Tessa is excited to continue her career in public health as a Public Health Educator at the Missouri Immunization Coalition, educating Missourians about the importance of vaccinations and promoting the essential role vaccinations play in reducing the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases and protecting population health.
In her free time, Tessa serves as an Art Instructor at the Robert L. Perry Juvenile Justice Center, where she hopes to inspire younger generations to think creatively and redirect intense thoughts or emotions into something positive.
Tessa’s passion is collaborating on creative solutions to address needs, connect people to resources, reduce health disparities, and, overall, improve community wellness. She looks forward to combining her passion for art and public health in her new role as a Public Health Educator at the Missouri Immunization Coalition by developing creative education and training to address social disparities and promote immunization equity.
Tessa has been recognized by the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health for her contributions to campus health and safety. In April 2023, Tessa achieved recognition as a nationally Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®), defining her commitment to the field of Health Education and Promotion and positioning herself to continue her professional development while upholding the national and international accreditation standards that these credentials attest to.
Tessa’s development and implementation of Missouri Immunization Coalition educational programs will benefit both healthcare providers and the general population. Her passion for public health renders her an incredible asset to the organization. Please join us in welcoming Tessa Feeney to the Missouri Immunization Coalition!