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Blanche Greene-Cramer '07
With a primary interest in the intersection of public nutrition, human rights, and health law as it pertains to the obesity pandemic both in the U.S. and in emerging economies, Blanche Greene-Cramer ‘07 is in her second year of a public health masters program at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. She is focusing on Global Health, Public Nutrition.
Last summer Greene-Cramer designed and conducted a research project on sociocultural and environmental determinants of youth health in Pohnpei, Micronesia. During her nine weeks there she also participated in the development of an educational campaign to raise awareness of diabetes and obesity, and wrote newspaper articles about underutilized local foods for a regional newspaper.
“Having both a social science as well as science background allows me to appreciate and understand the basic biological and physiological processes that underlie disease etiology and influence the distribution of disease within populations. But then I can also appreciate how this science is embedded within a larger social context that influence how diseases spread between individuals and communities and look critically at the effects of the increasing medicalization of sickness, illness, and health. “
“Public health, in particular global health, is inherently multidisciplinary and requires cooperation, collaboration, and a willingness to cross boundaries between hard, soft, and social sciences, between business, law, and medicine. As a Science & Society concentrator I felt as though I was ready to not only enter the cross-disciplinary dialogue taking place within my field, but also to initiate new conversations and push for more collaboration because of my earlier exposure to multiple fields.”