Milen Embaye is a Research Assistant on the Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study, and the Ohio Produce Perks Statewide Evaluation at the Swetland Center. Her role is focused on the quantitative and survey core aspects of both studies. Milen earned her Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Biology at The University of Western Ontario. She then earned a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and a Certificate in Global Health at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Prior to joining the Swetland Center, Milen conducted research on the opioid epidemic, specifically on trends in data from the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System and County records on fatalities in Cuyahoga County due to overdose. She has also been involved in clinical research, studying preventive care in middle-aged adults with multiple chronic comorbid conditions. She strives to improve community-based health by collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to understand factors that affect food systems, to improve health equity.