Health Education, Training and Development
Marco completed his Bachelor in Nutrition and Dietetics and his Master in Public Health at Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin, COLOMBIA. He holds a Master of Science in Training and Development, from University of St. Francis, Illinois.
Marco has over twenty years of experience in applying solutions to community needs and much of his career has been spent teaching, but he also works in project management and program development.
Marco was the Coordinator for Chronic Disease Prevention, and the Chairperson for the Nutrition and Fitness Taskforce of Broward County Health Department, in Florida.
For the last 10 years, he has been working as health educator for the prevention of chronic disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, weight management, and promoting exercise, healthy eating, healthy lifestyles, and healthy environments.
Manage Health education and promotion programs, personal wellness, nutrition education, stress management, smoking cessation, substance abuse, safety, high blood pressure, pregnancy, and diabetes. Provide information to communities in an effort to promote, maintain, and improve healthy lifestyles.
Educate patients about medical procedures, operations, services and therapeutic regimens, conduct staff training and consult with other health care providers about behavioral, cultural, or social barriers to health; promote self-care; develop activities to improve patient participation on clinical processes.
Develop, produce, and evaluate mass media health campaigns, writing educational material, newsletters, public information reports, and grant proposals.
My approach applies what has been learned over the last 25 years in health education and adapts innovations from other disciplines including business, behavior change and communications to educate individuals and groups to protect, promote or maintain their health, reduce risky behaviors and navigate the health care system.
Experience acquired in Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Sudan, Egypt, Somalia, and USA.
My past experience from 1980 to 1994, was in strengthening Infant and Young Children Practices, the cornerstone in improving nutrition and primary health care in developing countries.
I used innovations from other disciplines including behavior change and communications to improve maternal and child health and nutrition.
I applied a Freirian praxis approach to community empowerment, community mobilization, organization and participatory education.
My experience was acquired in Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Sudan, Egypt and Somalia.
UNIVERSITY OF ST. FRANCIS, Joliet, Illinois
Master of Science - Training and Development, December 2003
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Department of Family Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
Nutrition and Health Promotion in Primary Care, July 1994
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON, College of Engineering, Madison, Wisconsin
Diploma, Management of Refugees, Displace Persons and other Disasters, 1993
UNIVERSIDAD DE ANTIOQUIA, Medellin, Colombia
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, December 1978
Master of Science in Public Health, December 1980
Somalia, February 2nd, 1994
Certified Family Life Educator, National Council on Family Relations, Minn., MN.
Certified Sexual Educator, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, Ashland, VA.
Certified Health Educator Specialist, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Whitehall, PA.
Certified Nurse Assistant- STATE OF FLORIDA.