Michael Showalter

Health Educator & Peer Health Education Supervisor
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Bachelor of Science, Anthropology
Missouri State University

Michael has worked as a Health Educator in the Health Education Resource Office since 2017. His work focuses primarily on providing consent-based comprehensive sexual health education, and working to create a culture of sex positivity on the KU campus. Michael also serves as the advisor for the KU Peer Health Educators student organization.

He began his career in public health at a non-profit community AIDS project in Springfield, Missouri. After graduating from Missouri State University, Michael served for more than two years as a Community Health Coordinator with the United States Peace Corps in Cameroon, West Africa. In this role, he collaborated with international aid organizations and government agencies to develop a culturally-relevant comprehensive HIV prevention and sexuality education curriculum for rural government health centers. He also administered several grant-funded initiatives aimed at increasing HIV testing rates and increasing patient access and adherence to prescribed drug therapies. A sixth generation Kansan, Michael followed his passion for health home in 2015.

Michael lives in Lawrence with his husband, Benet, and their three dogs, Bruce, Kristoff, and Winnie. They spend their free time gardening and developing their amateur bee-keeping skills.

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