About Professor Finch
MCC Health Studies Program Coordinator
Cristin Finch is a nationally certified master health education specialist (MCHES) with experience in both school and community health and counseling. She earned her BS Ed and MS Ed in health from the State University of New York College at Brockport. She has taught health in city, suburban, and rural schools. She has also spent time counseling and educating in community settings, such as Jordan Health Centerís Women, Infants, and Children program. Prior to teaching full-time at MCC, Cristin was a consultant for the New York State Department of Health, teaching health at non-profit volunteer organizations in a ten county region. She also taught health courses at SUNY Brockport. In addition to her teaching at MCC, Cristin has been the Health Studies Program Coordinator since 2006. She has most recently added the role of Faculty Liaison within the School of Health Sciences and Physical Wellness at MCC.
MCHES (Master Certified Health Education Specialist), HSMI (Holistic Stress Management Instructor), Project SAVE (Schools Against Violence in Education), Child Abuse Detection Training, CPR, CHC (Certified Health Coach)
Peer Reviewed Journal Publications:
Finch, C., & Daniel, E., (2005). Food safety knowledge and behavior of emergency and food relief organization workers: Effects of food safety training intervention. Journal of Environmental Health, 67, 30-34.
Finch, C., & Daniel, E., (2002). Breastfeeding education program with incentives increases exclusive breastfeeding among urban WIC participants. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 102, 981-984.
I believe that every person has the right to have the most up-to-date and accurate health information possible. Health is a science, and information is constantly changing based on new research. Each individual should have information that allows him or her to make educated decisions regarding health behavior. The imbalance of for-profit media messages over messages that promote healthy behavior can lead to uninformed choices resulting in unhealthy behavior. I strive to provide students with the best available information from a variety of viewpoints. I encourage students to investigate further and to utilize critical thinking to make their decisions based on what they have learned.
My goal is to provide students with the skills to gather and scrutinize health information, and to evaluate and make educated health decisions in real life settings. In the classroom, I strive to create an engaging environment that allows students to internalize issues, in order to bring awareness of attitudes and beliefs, to ultimately affect behavior.
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