News & Announcements

Staff Spotlight: Rachael Sommer graduates from the Women's Staff Leadership Development Institute 

Photo of Swetland Team member Rachael Sommer at Women's Leadership Graduation at CWRU

May 6th, 2019

A big congratulations to Swetland Center staff member Rachael Sommer on her recent graduation from the Women Staff Leadership Development Institute  (WSLDI) at Case Western Reserve University. This is a year-long program in which female staff have an opportunity to develop and enhance their leadership and career skills through education, coaching and networking with other professionals across disciplines. To learn more about the WSLDI please visit their website. We are proud to celebrate this accomplishment with Rachael!

Apply Today!  Swetland Community Fellowship

The Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health is now accepting applications for the Swetland Community Fellowship. The 2019 Swetland Community Fellowship provides support for 15 individuals (community residents and students) to actively take part in the public convening on May 22nd, 2019. Community fellows will attend a professional training centered around dialogue, strategies, and systems thinking and will provide support on the convening day. To be eligible, candidates must reside in one of the four targeted neighborhoods in Cleveland: Buckeye/Shaker, Hough, Central, St. Clair/Superior. Please click HERE for more information and click HERE to apply.

You are Invited: Convening Ideas & Action: Creating Food Opportunities for the Future

Mark your calendar for May 22nd, 2019 to attend: 

Convening Ideas & Action: Creating Food Opportunities for the Future. 

Illustrated image of a healthy community with gardens and pedestrians and cyclists


The goal of this event is to develop a vision for our food future with a realistic sense of roadblocks and opportunities. We will use this information to identify novel solutions that can be tested and applied in the future in areas of Cleveland most burdened by our current food system dynamics. Learn more about this event by visiting our events page.

Dr. Karen B. Mulloy inducted into the School of Medicine Academy of Scholar Educators

Congratulations to Swetland Center faculty member, Dr. Mulloy on her induction into the Academy of Scholar Educators. 

Dr. Karen B. Mulloy, faculty at the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health

Dr. Mulloy is being recognized for 'making sustained and significant contributions to excellence and innovation in medicine.' One of her most notable contributions was her role as part of two Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry grants to develop innovative teaching modules in the field of occupational and environmental health.  Dr. Malloy was also a pioneer in paving the way for the inclusion of Environmental Health Science in the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Curriculum. To read more about this honor please visit the academy website.

New Staff Member Spotlight: Milen Embaye

Photo of Milen Embaye, Graduate Research Assistant foodNEST2.0


The Swetland Center welcomes our newest staff member, Milen Embaye, MPH, Research Assistant with our Quantitative Research Core. She will be working on two of the Center’s current projects: Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood study and Ohio Produce Perks Evaluation.

Gwendolyn Donley to present at the Society for Applied Anthropology Conference

Photo of Gwendolyn Donley, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, foodNEST2.0

Gwendolyn Donley, Swetland Pre-Doctoral Scholar, will travel to Portland, Oregon in March 2019 to present the work of the foodNEST 2.0 team at the Society for Applied Anthropology Conference. 

The team's presentation, titled "Using Participatory System Dynamics Modeling to Assess Nutrition Equity in Low-Resource Neighborhoods" has been selected for the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Trainee Travel Award. 

Gwendolyn will present the collaborative modeling and qualitative processes used in this approach to better understand the dynamics of Cleveland's food systems.

Elizabeth Benninger to present at the SCRA Biennial

Photo of Elizabeth Beninger, Post-Doctoral Scholar, foodNEST2.0

Conference on Community Research and Action

Elizabeth Beninger, Swetland Post-Doctoral Scholar, will travel to Chicago in June 2019 to present the work of the foodNEST 2.0 team at the 2019 SCRA Biennial Conference on Community Research and Action. 

The poster presentation "Participatory System Thinking as a Tool for Understanding Neighborhood Access to Healthy Food" was accepted for inclusion in this year's conference.