Cari Michaels, MPH

Cari Michaels received her Masters of Public Health from the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of North Carolina. Prior to her graduate work, she worked as a volunteer coordinator and manager with the Frontier Nursing Service, a decentralized health care center in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky. She has also worked as Volunteer Coordinator and Children's Services Coordinator at the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, a shelter-based child abuse prevention agency. Cari graduated from the University of Minnesota's Inter-College Program with a degree focusing on public health and child development. She has conducted research on the social influence of adolescent girls in order to inform school-based violence prevention projects. As an intern with the Association of Schools of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cari developed a violence prevention curriculum for a North Carolina middle school. Cari is now the Associate Director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. As director of the Violence Education Project, she works with higher education institutions, licensing and policy agencies, and community groups from around the state of Minnesota to better prepare college graduates and practicing professionals to respond to issues of violence.

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse

The Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) (formerly known as the Higher Education Center Against Violence and Abuse) consists of the following four interconnected projects:

(1) The Violence Education Project provides financial support and informational resources to staff of Minnesota higher education institutions, licensing boards, and community agencies is order to better prepare Minnesota professionals to effectively respond to issues of violence;

(2) A multi-year research and program demonstration project that examines the experiences of families in which both mothers have been abused and their children have been maltreated. The project seeks to build collaborative relationships between child protection, domestic violence and court services;

(3) The Applied Research Forum of the National Electronic Network on Violence Against Women (VAWnet) brings online research summaries, discussions, and other resources to domestic violence coalitions and allied national organizations throughout the United States;

(4) The Center houses two Electronic Clearinghouse sites of violence-related educational resources on the World Wide Web--one of which is an extension of the Violence Against Women Grants Office of the U.S. Department of Justice that provides law, criminal justice, and social service professionals with up-to-date information of intervention to stop violence against women (, and one that provides general educational resources about all types of violence ( as part of the Violence Education Project.

For further information contact:
386 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Toll Free in Minnesota: 800-646-2282
Fax: 612-625-4288

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