Nickee Palacious, MS, CHES®
Nickee is a health promotion coordinator in the Maternal and Infant Program at Utah’s Department of Health.
She grew up in Utah and attended Utah State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in public health and a Master of Science in community health.
Nickee loves child and maternal health because it emphasizes the life course model of health and its holistic approach to female health. This model encourages health education professionals to consider a woman’s health beyond the time of her pregnancy.
The best career advice that Nickee received is to establish a strong program foundation by engaging small goals first. She advises new professionals to network – public health and health education is a small field, so you can get to know people easily.
“Tackling smaller goals doesn’t mean you aren’t helping people, it just means that when you get to the point where you can help everyone, you have a better foundation and are more likely to succeed.”
In her spare time, Nickee enjoys hiking with her husband and reading a good book.
Nickee is a member of the Utah SOPHE Chapter.