Jennifer King is the Research Associate of the Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention project at the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health. She received both her Bachelor’s (Kent State University) and Master’s (Bowling Green State University) degrees in Nutrition before returning to Kent to earn her PhD in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy & Management. In her position, she supports the dissemination of the Policy, Systems, and Environmental Readiness Assessment and Decision Instrument (PSE READI).
Before joining the Swetland Center, she aided in the launch of the Kent State of Wellness, a university-wide health initiative, while serving as Graduate Student Trustee on the Board of Trustees. Dr. King has progressively developed her skill to build and maintain relationships to encouraging community engagement and connectivity while studying the determinants of health in Cleveland’s largest neighborhood. With these experiences and her current work, Dr. King is continuously strengthening her skills by working on collaborative and multi-disciplinary teams, large-scale project coordination, and evaluation management. With a promising career in community and public health, her research interests include food insecurity and the stigmatization of resource use.
Dr. King is an active member of Case Western Reserve University’s Office of General Council Food Safety Committee and The Gathering Places’ Rising Leaders Council.