SPHHS students present at the 4th Annual Community Engagement and Research Symposium

December 8, 2014

At left: Nutrition graduate student Hannah Stenger (left) and Community Health Education graduate student Laura Fries. At right: Nutrition graduate student Jesse Mushenko.

Three SPHHS students recently presented posters about their work at the 4th Annual Community Engagement and Research Symposium titled “Building on Partnership Strengths to Improve Community Health” held on November 7, 2014, at the Albert Sherman Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, in Worcester, MA.

Nutrition graduate students Jesse Mushenko and Hannah Stenger and Community Health Education graduate student Laura Fries developed their posters as part of their work with the Live Well Springfield (LWS) movement in collaboration with Springfield community partners and working under the supervision of Associate Professor of Nutrition Elena Carbone.

Mushenko presented a poster titled “Live Well Springfield (LWS) A Community Transformation Movement: Results of LWS.org Evaluation,” which examined the reach and effect of the livewellspringfield.org website. Stenger presented “Live Well Springfield (LWS) A Community Transformation Movement: The MENU Program Evaluation,” that focused on a six-session nutrition curriculum entitled The MENU Program. Finally, Fries presented “Live Well Springfield (LWS) A Community Transformation Movement: A Process Evaluation of Cohesion, Effectiveness, and Sustainability,” which analyzed the cohesion of working groups involved in the LWS movement, the effectiveness of the coalition as a whole, and the sustainability of LWS and working groups into the future.

Live Well Springfield is a community-based coalition that includes over 30 organizations working in Springfield. The coalition supports health equity through improving access to healthy eating and active living opportunities. It is funded, in part, through a $1.9 million Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Carbone and Research Associate Professor of Biostatistics Elaine Puleo serve as evaluators for the grant. The coalition’s current work includes the Go Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market, developing plans for a full line grocery store in Mason Square, rowing and biking programs on the Connecticut River at North Riverfront Park, and the development of a comprehensive plan for a more walkable/bikeable Springfield.

Visit the Live Well Springfield website for more information.