Aimee Prasek, PhD
I'm the geek behind this.
My mission: Much of my work is focused on the utilization of online courses and technology solutions to communicate and deliver preventive and integrative health practices in more accessible and engaging ways. I have a particular knack for putting strategy and innovation behind the development and evaluation of digital courses for integrative mental health programs. I've created dozens of these types of courses for not just my own businesses, but for lots of others (including big companies, independent practitioners, scientific studies, and exciting startups). I'm also a partner at Natural Mental Health. Head over there to see some of this work in action.
My why. I realized how terrible access to preventive and integrative health services were in the US through my own struggles. So, I set out on a mission to change that through more accessible and integrative digital solutions.
My creds. I started in the health world with a BS in Psychology and focus in Kinesiology. The mind-body connection was fascinating to me, so I completed my MA in Holistic Health Studies at St. Catherine University. I then completed my MA in Health Journalism and Communications at the University of Minnesota (UMN), with a focus in digital health communications and interventions. I then completed my PhD at the UMN with a focus in the conceptualization, design, development, and evaluation of online courses and interventions for high-impact health issues. I also received my doctoral minor in Integrative Healing Therapies and completed additional study in business modeling for the sustainability of digital interventions and technology solutions for public health issues.
Mentorship. My work has been supported and shaped by organizations and awards such as: Stanford's Compassion and Technology Award, SOFIA public health award, the National Science Foundation, MIN-CORPS, and several research fellowships. I also served as a Dalai Lama Fellow, a global initiative that aims to build and support a network of social innovators who skillfully blend ethics, contemplative values, and compassion into social innovation. The fellowship is personally authorized by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
When I'm not working on online programs... You can find me:
- At the park with the hubs, chasing our toddler.
- Taking a break in the garden and sitting with our chickens.
- Talking philosophy with a friend.
- Taking the pups for a walk.
- Creating bulleted lists, no matter the context.
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