Kristen Alford

Kristen Alford


  • BSW Calvin College
  • MSW University at Albany
  • MPH Michigan State University
  • PhD Michigan State University

Academic interests

Teaching Interests

Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Welfare, Policy, Public Health Capstone

Research Interests

Gerontology, chronic disease prevention and detection, clean water, health disparities/access to health


  • Alford, K.R. & Koeman, J. (2019). Forging relationships between faith-based and secular organizations to address the global water crisis: A case study. Christian Journal for Global Health, 6(1), 35-41.
  • Kuilema, J., Schwander, L., Alford, K. R., Venema, R., & Hoeksema, S. (2019). Teaching note: Time for a teach-in? Addressing racist incidents on college campuses. Journal of Social Work Education, 55(4), 818-824.
  • Alford, K.R., Zuverink, A., & Zandee, G. L. (2018).  Barriers to health care: Who is affected and how Christians in social work can address these barriers. Social Work and Christianity.45(4), 22-40.
  • Alford, K.R. (2017).  Spiritual well-being among older cancer patients and implications for Christians in social work.  Social Work and Christianity, 44(17), 25-38.
  • Hughes, A.K. & Alford, K. (2017).  HIV transmission: Myths about casual contact and fear about medical procedures persist among older adults. Journal of Social Work and Public Health, 32(1), 49-52.


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