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New 2014 Paul Ambrose Scholar Announced

Joan Swanson

The physician assistant program is proud to announce that first year student Joan Swanson has been selected as a 2014 Paul Ambrose Scholar on behalf of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP).

 The Paul Ambrose Scholars program is a competitive award designed to prepare public health and health professions students to be leaders in addressing population health challenges at the national and community level. The program is named in honor of Paul W. Ambrose, MD, MPH, a rising star in the field of prevention and public health who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

 As part of the program, Swanson will be among 40 health professions students from across the country attending the annual Public Health Leadership Symposium in Washington, D.C. She will also be awarded a mini-grant to implement a community-based project focused on the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators.

 For her project, she intends to implement “Taking Root at the Farm-acy,” a community-based health initiative designed to address nutrition as a root cause of disease. The project will pair a mobile food market with a community healthcare center and provide produce prescriptions to patients at risk for chronic diseases. The project will also include a nutritional curriculum designed to empower patients to improve food choices and navigate the complicated food marketplace.

 To be involved in the project, please contact Joan at

For more information on the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program please visit their website at

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