Alyson Kristensen is Co-Director of the National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH), which is funded by the Division of STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role, she guides overall coalition direction, helps determine strategic priorities, and manages a team of staff and consultants that carry out coalition activities.
She also leads the NCSH’s Health Care Action Group and drives the committee’s work, which focuses on educating the general public and health care providers about the importance of preventive sexual health services, encouraging conversations about sexual health, and motivating these groups to take action to improve their own sexual health or that of their patients.
Prior to joining Altarum in 2015, Ms. Kristensen worked for almost 9 years at Partnership for Prevention leading projects in many areas of prevention, including childhood obesity, aspirin and cardiovascular health, physical activity, adolescent health, sexual health, and sexually transmitted infections. While at Partnership for Prevention, she conducted research that was published in peer-reviewed journal articles, developed implementation guides for public health professionals, and helped create educational websites and other materials for the general public.
Before coming to Partnership, Ms. Kristensen spent one year in Tanzania working with local organizations on child health projects, including implementing health education lessons at a home for street children and assessing primary school children’s knowledge of HIV transmission. Prior to her career in public health, Ms. Kristensen studied gene expression in the anthrax genome at The Institute for Genomic Research (now the J. Craig Venter Institute).
Ms. Kristensen holds a master of public health in behavioral science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh.