Building a culture of wellness among a virtual team; linking primary care to physical activity and parksBio:
Dr. Carissa Smock is an Associate Professor at Northcentral University,
chair of the Physical Activity section of the American Public Health
Association, a fitness instructor, and boy mom of a very active, park
enthusiast toddler. Building a culture of wellness among a virtual team
and remote methods in linking primary care to physical activity and parks
is her passion and is fortunate to carry this into her research, courses,
and bike rides with the little guy.
Dr. Smock holds a Masters of Public Health and PhD in Health Policy and Management through Kent State University College of Public Health, completed her doctoral fellowship with Cleveland Clinic Akron General, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Case Western Reserve University through the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) funded by the Health Services Research Administration (HRSA). She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), involved in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living Research and chair of the Physical Activity section of the American Public Health Association. Her training also includes over 10 years of experience in marketing helpful in utilizing social media and other virtual communication platforms.
Dr. Smock received a 2019 Faculty Research Support Award (FRSA, an internal grant at Northcentral University) and presented findings at national, state, and local conferences and meetings and is first author on peer-reviewed publications while growing relationships with collaborators including providers at multiple health systems, YMCA’s, as well as programmers and management at park systems.