Ta-Kisha Jones, MBA, CHES, CHWC

Ta-Kisha Darden

Assistant Director of Health and Wellness Initiatives
Office of Health and Wellness Promotion, IUPUI
Campus Center, Suite 350
420 University Blvd Indianapolis, IN 46202

Phone: 317-274-3060

Ta-Kisha attended East Carolina University as an undergraduate, where she was a Residential Advisor (RA) and Student Liaison for the Center for Family Violence Prevention for two years, and an active Peer Educator in Healthy P.I.R.A.T.E.S.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Education & Promotion, with a concentration in Community Health. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and a Making Proud Choices Facilitator Coach and Trainer, where she trained others across the state of North Carolina. She is a graduate of the Master of Business Administration program at Fayetteville State University with a certification in Healthcare Management.

Ta-Kisha began her career as a Student Health Intern for Community Health Programs for Vidant Health in Greenville, NC and transitioned to the Wayne County Health Department, where she served as the Wayne County Minority Health Program Volunteer for two years. Prior to IUPUI, she served as the Health Education Specialist for Program Management at Wayne County Health Department, where she assisted in the development of the Community Health Assessment and the State of the County Health report.

She is a trained generalist in Health Education and Promotion and has conducted program planning, implementation and evaluation on health and wellness topics ranging from sexual and reproductive health, tobacco, communicable diseases, safety and violence, policy and environmental change for diverse stakeholders. Over the years Ta-Kisha has worked as a Health Educator for various school and local communities. She has utilized theories, best practices and evidence informed initiatives to ensure a comprehensive and holistic approach to health education and promotion for stakeholders. Ta-Kisha is also a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through Real Balance, LLC.