Portfolio

Collaborative Projects

CONSCIOUS BEDTIME STORY CLUB (2017)
Co-writer of teaching aids for books.

Soul Publishing Group (2016)
Founder & supporting member of shared publishing imprint and community of practice.

Man-to-Man (Fatherhood Initiative of Summit County, Ohio) (2015)
Instructional design of program module to address social-emotional health education.

Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron (2014)
Instructional designer & co-facilitator. Extension project  from the Personalized Educational and Experiential Modules for Diabetes Self-Management.

Margaret Clark-Morgan Foundation (2014)
Part of project management & design production for large-scale community conversation on mental health.

Leading Causes of Health (2013)
Health leadership project initiative in conjunction with Kent State University, School of Health Sciences instruction of community and public health students. (LeadingCausesofHealth.org)

Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron (2013)
Instructional design & facilitator. Part of multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of “Personalized Educational and Experiential Modules for Diabetes Self-Management”.

HealthPath Foundation of Ohio (2012)
Provide technical support to gather key stakeholder data on Foundation’s strategic plan.

University Park Alliance (2012)
Served as part of multi-disciplinary production & design team in the UPA Neighborhood Summit which engaged over 300 residents and business leaders in University Park.

Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron (2011)
Instructional designer & facilitator of Stress Reduction/Mindfulness Module within the Personalized Educational and Experiential Modules for Diabetes Self-Management Study Team  - A CDC Funded project (extended funding for 2012-2013)

Summit County Public Health District (2011)
Provided consultative and technical assistance to review and document the Access to Care/OPEN-M case management pilot study.

Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron (2011)
Part of project team charged with the design of a comprehensive, county-wide plan to address the needs of the medically underserved.

Growing Hope Food Summit (2011)
Part of leadership & design team that convened 200 area residents to discuss ways to increase access to fresh foods and strategies on growing the local food economy.

Akron Children’s Hospital , Akron General Medical System, Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio (2010)
Part of project leadership & design team leading a 5-county community health needs assessment in Northeast Ohio. Data published by hospitals.

Minority Health Roundtable, Summit County Ohio (2010)
Planning and supervision of student marketing projects to promote the organization and propose the launching of the “Health Heroes” campaign (graduate and undergraduate)

AmericaSpeaks, Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism, National Town Hall, Cleveland, Ohio (2009)
Served as site/table facilitator for national, multi-city meeting to discuss quality of life strategies for adults with autism.

Healthy Connections Network, Summit County Ohio (2009)
Planning and revision of organization’s community report. Supervision of graduate students at Kent State University, School of Health Sciences students.

Portage County Health Department, Portage County, Ohio (2008)
Planning and development of health education materials. Service Learning Management for Kent State University, School of Health Sciences students.

Access to Care, Summit County Ohio (2008)
Evaluation of existing marketing materials including agency website and print materials. Planning and development of templates for website and new brochures. Service learning management.

Canton Community Clinic, Stark County (2008)
Assessment, planning and development of marketing & community relations plan for the clinic.

ADM Board, Summit County (2007)
Planning and execution of county-wide behavioral health summit designed to identify the unmet gaps in our county’s behavioral health system.

Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio (2006)
Lead investigator in study to examine the role of culture and language in the medical encounter among vulnerable populations. Data was used by the hospital.

Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio (2006)
Planning and execution of quantitative and qualitative provider assessment regarding the barriers to working with and treating culturally diverse patients.

Akron-Summit County Public Library, Akron, Ohio (2006)
Assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of health education intervention to improve patient-provider communication (The Doctor Will See you Next).

AmericaSpeaks, Voices & Choices, Northeast Ohio (2006)
Supported outreach efforts in Portage and Stark Counties for region-wide conversation on economic development.

Allstate Insurance Company- Key Projects (1993-1997)

  • Project co-leader, Allstate Neighborhood Partnership Program (Ohio Region)
  • Project co-leader, Allstate Hispanic Initiative (Ohio Region)
  • Instructional designer, lead trainer & part of project implementation team, Allstate Image Remittance System (AIRS).

Publications

Gratitude Yearbook (2018). Mayra Porrata [Keepsake journal for daily gratitude and annual reflection-- a tool for personal and professional development]. 

Emotional Intelligence: A Creative Guide (2017). Crystal Pirri & Mayra Porrata. [A primer on social-emotional health education].

GRATEFUL | 3o-Day Self-Care Journal (2017). Mayra Porrata. [guided journal for gratitude and self-care].

Wake up Beautiful Girl! (2017). 2nd Edition. Mayra Porrata & Serena Silvestro, illustrated by Mary T. Gilmore [children’s book that promotes mindfulness and life-meaning through the management of a chronic health condition (cystic fibrosis)].

Lilly’s Life (2017). 2nd Edition. Mayra Porrata & Serena Silvestro, illustrated by Mary T. Gilmore [children’s book that promotes mindfulness through the management of a chronic health condition (cystic fibrosis)].

Soulful Inquiries™(2017) Mayra Porrata & Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. Based on the ESSENCE GLOSSARY, ready-to-use digital card file that promotes spiritual awareness, as part of leadership development.

Inclusion Inquiries™(2017) Mayra Porrata & Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. Based on the ESSENCE GLOSSARY, ready-to-use digital card file that bolsters social and situational awareness, as part of leadership development.

Mindful Inquiries™(2017) Mayra Porrata & Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. Based on the ESSENCE GLOSSARY, ready-to-use digital card file that bolsters self-awareness and self-regulation, as part of leadership development.

My True Feelings (2017) Mayra Porrata. Poem-story & activity book designed to promote emotional health & intelligence across the lifespan.

The ESSENCE GLOSSARY™ Daily Journal (2016) Crystal Pirri, Mayra Porrata, M.Ed. & Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph.D. Contemplative journal based on the ESSENCE GLOSSARY.

The Workbook of Human Superpowers (2016) Mayra Porrata, M.Ed. & Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph.D. Activity book designed to bolster social-emotional education and intelligence.

ESSENCE GLOSSARY™ (2014) Mayra Porrata, M.Ed. & Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph.D.
[Glossary of 32 evidenced-based, social-emotional attributes supportive of health, learning and well-being across the lifespan].

The Day Kyle Met NUF (2013) Mayra Porrata [children’s book that promotes social-emotional learning through the awareness of our own unique gifts].

A Nighttime Trip to Planet NUF (2012) Mayra Porrata & Crystal Pirri [children’s book that promotes social-emotional learning through the awareness of our own unique gifts].

Wake up Beautiful Girl! (2011). 1st Edition. Mayra Porrata & Serena Silvestro [children’s book that promotes mindfulness and life-meaning through the management of a chronic health condition (cystic fibrosis)].

Soul Friends (2010). 1st Edition. Mayra Porrata [children’s book to promote social-emotional literacy].

Lilly’s Life (2008). 1st Edition. Mayra Porrata & Serena Silvestro [children’s book that promotes mindfulness through the management of a chronic health condition (cystic fibrosis)].

Presentations

BEING FULLY PRESENT | Mindful Leadership in Education | Ohio Early Childhood Special Education Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (2016)

A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO INCLUSION IN AN AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY |  Ohio Early Childhood Special Education Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (co-presenter with Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph.D.) (2016)

LEADING FROM THE HEART | A Primer on Social-emotional Leadership | Young Child Expo & Conference, New York City, NY (2016)

INTEGRATING SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING | Getting to the heart of the matter | Division of Early Childhood International Conference, Atlanta, GA. (co-presenter with Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph.D.) (2015)

LEADING CAUSES OF HEALTH | LOVE AS A PRIMARY INTERVENTION IN COMMUNITY HEALTH PROMOTION | Kent State University (2012)

A MINDFUL WORKPLACE STARTS WITH YOU | Summit County (Ohio) Worksite Wellness Conference (2012)

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN LEADERSHIP | Akron-Summit County Public Library, Leadership Team training (2011)

Administered Courses *
*Unless otherwise noted, all courses were delivered at Kent State University, Main Campus

Social Marketing/Communication and Marketing in Health Education & Promotion
HED 64059 & HED 84059
Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014,
Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

Marketing Management
(Weatherhead School of Management @ Case Western Reserve University)
MKMR201
Fall 2015
Spring 2018

Community Health Education
HED 11590
Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

Consumer Health
HED 32575
Fall 2007, Fall 2010, Fall 2011

Introduction to Health Education
HED 21030
Fall 2008

Women’s Health Issues
HED 44025 & HED 54025
Fall 2008, Fall 2012, Fall 2014

Marketing in Health Education 
HED 32565
Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring/Fall 2014, Spring/Fall 2015, Spring/Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017