Dr. Rebecca Pearson didn’t plan a career in academic public health. It was a positive happenstance. Family took her away from her California home and to New Mexico State where she earned her Master’s degree. An unplanned opportunity then brought her to the University of Arkansas where she pursued a doctorate in Health Sciences. The opportunity to teach found her, and she realized she would do her best work by training the next generation of public health professionals.
Becky was nominated to be our November colleague spotlight—and for good reason. She is an associate professor and the program director for the Public Health Program at Central Washington University. Central’s program has between 100-140 students and offers two specializations: 1) Community Health Education and 2) Pre-nursing in Public Health. Her favorite aspect of her job is watching her students stretch and grow, and she works hard to provide her students opportunities to practice what they learn outside of the classroom. Among the community-based learning opportunities she offers her students, Becky’s work with community kitchens is probably the most unique.
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