Profile for Keely Rees

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Specialty area(s)

Women’s Health (pregnancy, exercise, maternal & child health, menstruation) Adolescent Health Behaviors; Health Policy and Advocacy; Motivational Interviewing, Grant Writing in Health and Human Services. 

Brief biography

Keely Rees is in her twentieth year of university life in Health Education. She is a Professor in the Department of Health Education and Health Promotion at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Dr. Rees’ research and teaching has focused on numerous issues in the health field for over 20 years. Her research has focused on prenatal care, exercise prescription and behaviors during and after pregnancy, social support for pre-conception and prenatal nutrition, tobacco use during pregnancy, and sexuality education and advocacy for young children, teens, and parents, and schools as community outreach for nutrition/exercise. She has been working in collaboration with collaborative projects with Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Global Partners of Gundersen Health System to provide education and advocacy with Native American youth and leaders.  Dr. Rees has taught community & public health foundations courses, grantsmanship, and women’s health courses, trainings, and workshops in university, hospital, schools, locally and has taught internationally in Ireland and Spain with other universities, researchers, and organizations identifying ways to better prepare health educators for the field. Dr. Rees has been a faculty co-sponsor for the Eta Sigma Gamma, Beta Phi Chapter since 2003 and was inducted to Gamma Delta Chapter in 1999 and served as a faculty co-sponsor until 2003.

Current courses at UWL

CHE 370, MI for Health Educators

CHE 400, Health Policy, Advocacy, Community Organization 

CHE 430, Grant Writing & Resource Management

CHE 480, Senior Capstone


Ph.D. (Health Education) University of New Mexico;
M.S. (Exercise Physiology/Health Behavior) South Dakota State University;
BA (Health Education) University of Minnesota-Morris.

Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)", National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. (November 26, 2012 - Present).

Certified Health Education Specialist", NCHEC. (April 1999 - March 2009).

Teaching history

CHE 240, Comm Health Foundations

CHE 309, Volunteer Experience in Psychology 

CHE 370, MI for Health Educators

CHE 400, Health Policy, Advocacy, Community Organization 

CHE 430, Grant Writing & Resource Management

CHE 440, Program Development and Planning in Health Education

CHE 475, Workshop in Health Education

CHE 480, Senior Capstone.

CHE 498, Community Health Education Preceptorship

HED 409, Stress Management and Relaxation Skills

HED 412, Women's Health Issues

HED 422, Sexual Abuse of Children

HED 439, Teaching Stress Management and Relaxation Skills

HED 473, Health Aspects of Aging

HED 474, Nutrition Education

HED 701, Contemporary Issues in Hlth Ed

HED 703, Foundations of Health Education

HED 720, Program Planning in Health Education

HED 760, Global Management

HED 798, Grad Project in Health Education

HED 799, Research: Master's Thesis

PH 204, Introduction to Global Health


Professional history

Professor, University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, La Crosse, WI. (July 1, 2014 - Present).

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, La Crosse, WI. (June 2007 - 2014).

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, La Crosse, WI. (August 2003 - May 2007).

Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, KHE Department, Edwardsville, Illinois. (August 1999 - May 2003).

Project Manager/Evaluator, South West Coalition Against Tobacco (SWICAT), Edwardsville, Illinois. (May 2001 - July 2002).

Teaching Assistant, Department of Health Education -University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. (January 1998 - June 1999).

Wellness Consultant/Exercise Specialist, Sioux Valley Hospital Wellness Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (December 1995 - August 1997).

Teaching Assistant, Department of Health, Physical Education, & Recreation at South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota. (August 1994 - December 1995).

Graduate Assistant, The Wellness Center, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota. (August 1994 - December 1995).

Research and publishing

Published Intellectual Contributions

Book Chapters

Rees, K. S., Goldsmith, M. (2008). In Bensley, R., Brookins-Fischer, J. (Ed.), Presentation Methods in Community health education methods: A practitioner’s guide 3rd Edition (3rd Edition). Sadbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. (Submitted: March 1, 2007, Accepted: September 2007, Published: January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2008).

Journal Articles

Rivera, L., Starry, B., Gangi, C., Lube, L., Cedergren, A., Whitney, E., Rees, K. S. (2016). From Classroom to Capitol: Building Advocacy Capacity Through State-Level Advocacy Experiences. Health Promotion Practice, 17(6), 771-774. (Published: November 2016).


Tolzman, C., Rooney, B., Duquette, R. D., Rees, K. S. (2014). Perceived Barriers to Accessing Adequate Nutrition  Among Food Insecure Households Within a Food Desert. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 113(4), 139-143. (Submitted: June 2014, Accepted: July 2014, Published: August 2014).


Ward, D. L., Rees, K. S. (2013). Building community capacity through grant development collaborations in public health settings: A case study. Journal of the Grant Professionals Association, 11(1), 65-74. (Submitted: January 14, 2013, Accepted: September 2013, Published: November 2013).


Rees, K. S. (2009). Contemplative Practices in Health Education. in Advocacy in Changing Times Health Educator, Monograph Seriers, Eta Sigma Gamma, 26(1), 29-33. (Submitted: October 2008, Accepted: January 2009, Published: April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2009).


Barth, M., Rees, K. S. (2008). A Nutrition Assessment of Dietary Practices of Mexicans Living in the State of Veracruz, Mexico. UW-L Journal of Undergraduate Research XI, XI(2008), 1-4. (Submitted: December 2007, Accepted: February 2008, Published: May 2008).


Skemp, K. M., Rees, K. S., Mikat, R. P., Seebach, E. (2006). Body Image Dissatisfaction Among Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Children. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 4(3), 58-67. (Published: September 2006).


Driver, S., Rees, K. S., O'Connor, J., Lox, C. (2006). Aquatics, health-promoting self-care behaviours and adults with brain injuries. Brain Injury, 20(2), 133-141. (Accepted: January 2006, Published: February 2006).


Rees, K. S., Thompson, S. E. (2005). An ounce of prevention…Internship planning, and implementation for students, university advisors, and site supervisors. California Journal of Health Promotion, 3(3), 1-7. (Accepted: October 2005, Published: October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2005).

Sharon, T., Brenda, S., Rees, K. S. (2005). Perceived barriers to participation in a supplemental nutrition program among low-income women on the US/Mexico border. California Journal of Health Promotion, 3(3), 24-28. (Accepted: September 2005, Published: October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2005).

Rees, K. S., Thompson, S., Curtis, R., David, C. (2005). Unexpected findings in an alternative high school: New implications for values education. California Journal of Health Promotion, 3(1), 130-139. (Accepted: March 2005, Published: July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2005).

Driver, S., O'Connor, J., Lox, C., Rees, K. S. (2004). Evalutation of an aquatics program on fitness parameters of people with brain injury.Brain Injury, 18(9), 847-859. (Published: January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2004).

Driver, S., Lox, C., O'Connor, J., Rees, K. S. (2003). Effect of an aquatic exercise program on the psycho/social experiences of individuals with brain injuries: A pilot study.. The Journal of Cognitive Rehabilitation, 21(1), 22-31. (Published: 2003).

Scandell, D., Wlazelek, B., Bentelspachher, C.E., Rees, K. S., Thomas, S. (2003). Effects of questionnaire order on self-reported sexual behavior, risk perceptions, and ratings of HIV and STD protection stratgies.. Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 15(1), 53-67. (Published: 2003).



Ward, D., Rees, K. S. (2011). In Weber, J. (Ed.), Grant writing collaboration is a win-win (47th ed., vol. 16, pp. 3). La Crosse, WI: Bridges. (Submitted: October 11, 2011, Accepted: October 2011, Published: November 23, 2011).


Rees, K. S. (2012). In Gilmore, G. D. (Ed.), Rees, K. (2012).  Using focus groups to assess tobacco usage in pregnant and postpartum women. In G.D. Gilmore, Needs and capacity assessment strategies for health education and health promotion (4th ed., pp.249-260).  Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. (4th Edition, pp. p 249-260). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning. (Submitted: August 6, 2011, Accepted: September 2011, Published: January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2012).

Rogers, C. M., Rees, K. S. (2011). In Rees, K. S. (Ed.), South Dakota's Challenges Since 1960 (pp. 296-428). Garrettson, SD: Sanders Printing Co. (Submitted: June 2009, Published: November 2011).

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

Video Production, Academic

Rees, Keely S, Reviewed, Partnership for a Healthier American: Supper in a Sack, "Supper in a Sack: Video Submission for Grant Application", La Crosse, WI. (September 2012 - January 2013).

Rees, Keely S, None, Community Health Education Foundations, "Drop It and Drive", Health Education and Health Promotion Department, La Crosse, WI. (January 2011 - May 2011).



Eta Sigma Gamma - Beta Phi; Anders Cedergren, Dan Duquette, Keely Rees, Lori Reichel, Katie Wagoner and Emily Whitney, all Health Ed., Health Promotion;and Catherine Gangi, MPH - CHE; presented "3rd Annual Health Education Advocacy Experience in Madison, WI" at Health Education Advocacy Experience on Feb. 27 in Madison, WI. HEHP and Eta Sigma Gamma provided a two day advocacy training for 35 public health education graduate and undergraduate majors. Students then visited over 30 offices of Senators and Assembly persons discussing and educating on the importance of communicable disease prevention, control and funding for the state of Wisconsin.

Submitted on: Mar. 13, 2017


Lydia Rivera and Bethany Starry, both BS. Community Health Education; Anders Cedergren, Keely Rees and Emily Whitney, all CL-45; and Catherine Gangi and Lauren Lube, both MPH- Community Health Education; co-authored the article "From Classroom to Capitol: Building Advocacy Capacity Through State-Level Advocacy Experiences" in "Health Promotion Practice" published on Nov. 6, 2016 by Sage. This commentary provides insight from Community Health Education and Master of Public Health students on the benefits of participating in a state-level Advocacy Experience and provides a theoretical framework for increased advocacy intention among students as a result of participating in a state-level Advocacy Experience. Providing students the opportunity to translate what they learn about advocacy in the classroom into advocacy in action with policy makers is vital to the career development of our future health education professionals and is key to increasing advocacy capacity within our profession.

Submitted on: Nov. 7, 2016