CONTRIBUTOR:

Sandra Vamos

AFFILIATION:

TITLE:

Sessional Instructor

DEPARTMENT:

Faculty of Human & Social Development, School of Public Health and Social Policy

INSTITUTION:

University of Victoria

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Sandra Vamos is a health literacy consultant and instructor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria, Canada. From 2009-2012, Vamos was the Senior Advisor on Health Education and Health Literacy for the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (CCDPC) at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). She joined PHAC from the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, British Columbia as an Associate Professor of Health Education and Graduate Coordinator. Vamos previously served as a faculty member in the Department of Exercise Science, School Health Education Master of Science program at Southern Connecticut State University. She also served as a faculty member and program coordinator at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY where she developed both undergraduate and graduate health education programs. Her expertise developed through her experiences in Canada, Australia, and the United States, includes health-promoting schools, health literacy, curriculum development, and teacher preparation. Government work focuses on providing leadership and collaboration with key stakeholders such as academics, public health practitioners and policy-makers on knowledge development, dissemination, exchange and translation of innovative health literacy interventions. Vamos provides strategic direction and contribution to the development and implementation of frameworks, approaches, tools and products to build internal and external capacity for building health literacy awareness and the application of concepts into public health practices and programs.