Meet the REACH Team
Community Health Worker
- I previously worked in Lancaster helping low income families in the community with providing with resources offered in their communities; such as utility assistance, childcare assistance, Headstart, WIC, Senior center, domestic violence services.
- In my current role as a Community Health Worker for Lebanon County, my goal is to connect with the Hispanic community and establish a relationship with them and offer services in the following areas:
· Physical Activity
· Community linkages
- You can contact me for resources, connecting with the REACH Team, and events.
- Prior to working at Penn State College of Medicine I had the privilege of working for the Pennsylvania Women, Infants and Children program as a Public Health Nutritionist and Certified Lactation Councilor. Currently, I also serve as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute. As the Community Engagement Coordinator, my role is to help facilitate community participation in all stages of research, identify key research opportunities and support the development of useful research tools. I foster strong relationships for research collaboration between community health providers, policymakers and academic researchers to improve research-based practice and stimulate practice-based research.
- As the Project Manager of the REACH I create collaborative partnerships focused on improving health outcomes at a community level in Lebanon and Reading, Pennsylvania. By building a project infrastructure and workflow with the help of community members and community organizations, locally tailored practice- and evidence-based strategies related to nutrition, physical activity, and community-clinical linkages are tailored to reflect the needs of these specific communities.
Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski, MD
- I’m thrilled to help lead the REACH project! We have a fantastic team who is dedicated to helping advance healthy nutrition, physical activity and community and clinical linkages for our Hispanic communities in Lebanon and Berks counties.
- I’m passionate about improving community health! Following my medical training as a primary care physician, I earned a degree in public health to develop my skills in this area. Patients spend the vast majority of their lives outside of the clinical setting and community factors greatly impact our health. I’m interested in how engaging community stakeholders and organizations can help people live healthier. Our team has been partnering with Lebanon through Better Together for the last four years. Our REACH project builds on these outstanding relationships. Thank you for your interest in our work and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like to see how you or your organization might get involved. We’re always interested in working with new community partners!
Dr. William Calo, PhD
- I want to promote the uptake of culturally-relevant interventions in community settings, with the aim of improving healthy eating, physical activity and diabetes prevention in central Pennsylvania. Working with local partners, I want to examine how these interventions work, for whom and under what circumstances.
- I am a Latino health services researcher with the goal of designing and implementing culturally-relevant interventions to improve community health among diverse populations in central Pennsylvania. I have over 10 years of experience working with minority groups and community and healthcare organizations on several projects related to chronic disease prevention and health policy.
- I am excited to be involved in the REACH initiative as the project evaluator! We have interesting projects underway to address improved physical activity, healthy nutrition and connections between communities and clinical care in Lebanon and Berks counties. We are eager to see the outcomes for these communities!
- I am a health educator that loves teaching and working with community members, patients and graduate students to address factors related to learning and health behavior change. I have doctoral degree in education and have worked in a number of community settings examining the effectiveness of educational programming. Our team cares deeply about developing experiences with individuals and communities that will encourage healthy behaviors for a lifetime. Please consider us a resource to you or your organization – we would love to work with you!
- I am passionate about using my background in nutritional sciences to improve health on a community level. Prior to working at Penn State College of Medicine, I served the needs of the York community as a Nutritionist for the Pennsylvania Women, Infants and Children program. I completed nutrition assessments, provided nutrition counseling, prescribed tailored food packages and connected participants with community resources.
- As the REACH Project Coordinator, I assist the project manager with the development, implementation and evaluation of grant projects. I play an active role in data collection to ensure that REACH efforts and strategies are meeting the specific needs of the Lebanon and Reading communities. I have the privilege of working with an incredible team to improve healthy food access, promote physical activity and connect community members with clinical resources. I am most excited to build on the existing relationships that we have so all community members can participate in creating healthy futures for Lebanon and Reading.
Graphic Design and
- I’m a Graphic Designer and Marketing Specialist. I’m excited to be working on the REACH project in helping to improve health in the community and collaborating with our many community partners.
REACH Project Intern
Lebanon County Team
- I am an integrated undergraduate and graduate student at the Penn State College of Medicine pursuing a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. At Penn State, I majored in Bio-Behavioral Health and minored in Global Health. While at Penn State, I was a research assistant for a research lab in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies that focused on improving mental health outcomes among adolescents and their parents in Latino communities.
- I am excited to work with REACH as an intern! I am passionate about understanding and improving health outcomes in Latino populations. By working with REACH, I hope to work closely with the community to help identify community-relevant determinants of health and help implement culturally relevant interventions to improve health outcomes.
REACH Project Intern
Berks County Team
- I am a senior at Penn State Berks majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and minoring in Business. I am engaged in connecting with the community through several different on and off-campus roles, now lucky to be interning with Penn State Health St. Joseph and working on some of their community health initiatives, in collaboration with the REACH Project. Although most of my academic research experience stems from working in the Biochemistry lab, I am excited to utilize lessons I was taught about in class regarding data evaluation and forming research studies and questions towards community health work. I am confident this experience will help to further inform my graduate pursuits in public health and healthcare.
- I am thrilled to be a part of the Penn State Health St. Joseph and REACH teams. Having grown up in Reading, I have a very strong connection and appreciation of the city and the local community. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to projects that will help identify and reduce health disparities, as well as improve access to different health resources, in the Latino population.