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Job Opportunity! Research Scientist: Quantitative Research Core

July 17th, 2019

The Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at CWRU School of Medicine has a full-time position available for a Research Scientist to provide leadership to its robust and multifaceted Quantitative Research Core. The position will provide leadership to the Center's collaborative research portfolio at the intersection of the complex interplay between the environment and health in the areas of community system dynamics modeling, longitudinal and cross-sectional survey research, GIS mapping and analysis, data collection instrumentation, and database standardization, and quality control.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests, two writing samples, and names and contact information for three references to

Applications will be reviewed immediately until filled. See our flier for more information HERE!

Staff Spotlight: Dr. Dominique Rose graduates with her Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Education and a Masters of Public Health

July 11th, 2019

Photo of Dominique Rose, Project Manager of Future of Food In Your Neighborhood

Congratulations to Dr. Dominique Rose, Ph.D., CHES who graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education from Southern Illinois University. As a dual-degree student, she also earned a Master of Public Health degree. Dominique is currently the Program Manager for the Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study at the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), School of Medicine. Her research interests include food access, health equity, rural health disparities, and community-based food systems. Dominique has invested in a wide range of projects including the analysis of the social determinants of food insecurity among children and adults, and the evaluation of two statewide grant-funded programs such as the Double Value Coupon Program and the Opioid Prescription program. We are thrilled to share this exciting accomplishment with Dominique, Congratulations!

Speeding Research Tested Intervention (SPRINT) program provides lasting lessons for FreshLink Ambassador Model

June 28th, 2019

Sprint Team in front of National Cancer Institute Sign in DC

The Swetland Team along with our Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods partners have been sprinting over the past eight weeks participating in the National Cancer Institute’s Speeding Research Tested Interventions program. Haley Tolerton, Roberto Martinez, Darcy Freedman, and Victoria Avi took a deep dive exploring how to scale the FreshLink Ambassadors intervention. In eight intensive weeks, the team conducted 70 customer discovery interviews, iterated and refined their approach, and learned a lot about what it will take to transfer evidence-based interventions into the real world.

Swetland Center featured in CWRU's THINK magazine

June 11th, 2019

The Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health was recently featured in CWRU's THINK  magazine in an article entitled: Nourishing a community: How researchers are working to eradicate 'food deserts.' The article featured initial findings of the Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study (foodNEST 2.0). The graphic included in the article highlights different tipping points for mobilizing food systems change to promote economic opportunity, food security, and nutrition equity. To learn more about the foodNEST2.0 study, click here.

Staff Spotlight: Dr. David Ngendahimana graduates with his Doctorate of Philosophy

June 3rd, 2019

David Ngendahimana at Graduation

Congratulations to Dr. David Ngendamiana, Ph.D. who recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. David is currently a post-doctoral scholar at the Swetland Center for Environmental Health Science at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine. As a doctoral student, David's methodological and theoretical research, as well as a considerable portion of his applied and collaborative work, addressed matched sampling designs in observational studies. Through his Ph.D. training, David has gained expertise in the design and analysis of various types of studies including cohort, case-control, and cross-sectional studies. Congratulations David! 


Staff Spotlight: Milen Embaye graduates from the Masters of Public Health Program

June 3rd, 2019

Graduation photo of Milen Embaye

The Swetland Center celebrates the Ms. Milen Embaye in her successful completion of the Masters of Public Health program at Case Western Reserve University. Her concentration was in health promotion and disease prevention, which she fully applies to her role at the Swetland Center. Milen also has a strong interest n global health, and thus additionally pursued a Certificate in Global Health. Her studies in global health were focused on global epidemiology. As part of her graduate studies, Milen was an intern at the Cleveland Clinic. She acted as a researcher in the Internal Medicine Department, on a study that aimed to prioritize chronic health conditions in adults. She also completed a research project on the growing opioid epidemic, using county-level data from the Medical Examiner's Office, on overdose fatalities. She was then invited to speak at the Opiate Task Force Meeting where she shared her findings. Milen acted as a student representative throughout her studies in the program. In that role, she was a liaison between faculty and students. She is eager to apply the knowledge she gained through her Masters to her work in the public health field. Congratulations Milen!

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.