Rachael Sommer is the Program Manager of the FreshLink Ambassador Project at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case Western Reserve University. FreshLink is the core research of the PRCHN. She also provides operational support to the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health. Her primary areas of focus include health equity and positive organizational development. She completed a BSW from Bowling Green State University with a minor in Spanish and MSSA from the Mandel School of Applied Social Science at Case Western Reserve University with an emphasis in Community and Social Development.
Ms. Sommer brings diverse community-based experiences to the Swetland Center. She worked as a frontline social worker doing family preservation counseling with FrontLine Services (formerly Mental Health Services). These experiences fostered her interest in policy-level changes to systematically improve the lives of Cleveland residents and motivated her decision to work as an assistant for Joe Cimperman (Ward 3), a former member of the Cleveland City Council. Her passion for public health grew further during her tenure as the coordinator of the Healthy Cleveland Initiative at the Cleveland Department of Public Health.
Ms. Sommer proudly serves on the Board of Minority Health for the City of Cleveland. She is a current member of the Women Staff Leadership Development Institute at Case Western Reserve University. She is an active member of her church, West Side Alliance, in Cleveland’s Ohio City Neighborhood. Ms. Sommer lives in Cleveland’s Westpark neighborhood with her husband, Ron and children, Ezekiel and Madeline.