Karen A. Heckert, PhD, MPH, MSW, Karen has more than 30 years international and domestic experience bridging theory and practice as a public health/health promotion practitioner and academic. Currently, Karen teaches Global Health, Program Planning & Evaluation and Rural Health Service Learning in the BSPH, MPH, online graduate Certificate in Global Health & Development and the inter-professional Master of Development Practice degree programs at the University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Before recently settling in Tucson, Karen was Co-Investigator & Manager of the Pacific Center of Excellence in the Elimination of (breast & cervical cancer) Disparities among women in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands funded by REACH US, CDC and Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. During her years of work in international health development, Karen served with the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific Region, the Public Health Institute assigned to USAID Missions in Cambodia and Southern Africa, Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications Program in Asia, and was tenured faculty at the University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine, Department of Public Health & Primary Health Care in New Zealand.