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Sunday, March 13 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Concurrent 1A: Engaging Students and the Community In Preventive Health: It Takes A Village

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Learning Objectives:
1. Describe collaborative efforts to provide medical students with culinary and nutrition knowledge to use to engage community members in food insecure areas about the positive effects of food choices and nutrition on health.
2. Identify strategies to develop and sustain relationships required for community engagement.


Marie Dent, PhD, EdS

Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs Associate Professor, Community Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine
Dr. Dent is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development and Associate Professor of Community Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine.  She received her undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Georgia. Dr. Dent’s responsibilities for faculty affairs and development include the two 4-year campuses in Macon and Savannah and the 2-year campus in Columbus.  Dr. Dent previously served as Program... Read More →

Jennifer Ratner, MA

Coordinator of Community Outreach and Service Learning, Mercer University School of Medicine
Jennifer Ratner graduated with a Master of Arts in History and shortly after, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine.  When she returned to the United States, Jennifer worked to set up educational and community outreach programs in Savannah, Ga. and Washington, DC. She received her Master of Arts in Sociology in May 2011. In July 2013, Jennifer took a position with Mercer University. As Mercer University School of Medicine’s... Read More →

Sunday March 13, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
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