Kristi Messer, MSW, MPH
Kristi Messer, MSW, MPH serves Nova Southeastern University (NSU) as the Assistant Project Manager of the Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness. She is also the Executive Director of NSU’s Project HOPE, an innovative pre-doctoral training program funded by HRSA designed to respond to the curricular deficit of medical school education specific to individuals who are homeless and she is the Director of Curriculum of an Inter-professional Education and Practice grant designed to improve team-based care. In addition, Kristi is currently an Assistant Professor in the Masters of Public Health, Criminal Justice, and the Disaster and Emergency Preparedness programs in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at NSU offering graduate instruction and field placement supervision.
Kristi’s research and clinical experience have focused on the health and well-being of underserved and vulnerable population groups. As a Public Health Analyst with the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) within the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration, she served as liaison in collaborative activities with public and private institutions to plan, develop, and implement federally-funded community health centers across the country which are vital to the health of underserved and vulnerable populations.
Kristi has served as therapist, educator, evaluator, developer, advocate, and consultant for various educational and health care organizations. Her roles as faculty member, program and evaluation director, and child and family therapist at these locations demonstrate her interest and skills among working with those with developmental disabilities, special needs, mental health and substance abuse issues, and high-risk populations among others.