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Whitney E Mendel, MSW, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Public Health, specializing in community health education at Daemen College. Both her research and community work center around maternal and child health, and health inequities. Whitney works in many capacities within the community, merging her social work roots and the prevention focus of public health in an effort to better meet the needs of the women and families of Western New York. Her research employs a social determinants of health perspective to inform prevention and intervention strategies to improve birth outcomes among disadvantaged populations.
Interests: Professional-Civil society and how to strategically improve the social, economic, environmental and human factors that influence our sense of wellbeing, community quality of life and play a positive role in the interconnected and inter-dependent world we live in.
Shannon graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2005 with a Bachelors in Biology and a concentration in pre-medicine. Shannon attended UB/ Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and graduated with her Master's Degree in 2007. Her thesis work focused on increasing the therapeutic effects of Doxorubicin in combination with whole-body hyperthermia in murine tumors. Shannon's current research involves evaluating heart rate variability and muscle relaxation after myofascial release treatment.
Interests: Public Health Nutrition, Healthcare, Wellness, Health Education
Interest: Health Care Policy, Human Resources Advocacy, Workforce development and engagement
Interests: Impact of physical activity on pregnancy complications, maternal wellness, geographic information systems for exposure assessment in epidemiologic studies of physical activity, the built environment, and environmental exposures
Interests: Global comparative political studies, service learning, immigrant and refugee studies