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Meet New Staff Member Eunlye Lee
1) Tell me a bit about your work before you joined the PRCHN. Where did you work and what did you do?
Prior to joining the PRCHN as a postdoctoral scholar, I was a doctoral student at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences here at Case. There, I worked on various research projects, including the Denver Child Study, which aimed to assess the effects of neighborhood conditions on child and adolescent developmental outcomes such as obesity, substance use, asthma, and risky behaviors. My primary role included the analyses of both quantitative and qualitative data and dissemination of the findings of the study.

2) Tell me about your education. Where and what did you study? Is your work here radically different than what you studied in college? In other words, has your career path made any unusual changes?
I received my MSW degree from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis in 2009, with an emphasis on Social and Economic Development. Recently, I completed my PhD degree in Social Welfare here at Case. Over the past eight years of my education, the primary goal of my research has been to promote the health and well-being of low-income and minority children and their families living in disadvantaged areas. I am particularly interested in how neighborhood conditions directly and indirectly affect the health-related outcomes of children from low-income families.

3) What aspects of your new position are most intriguing to you? What are you looking forward to?
I am very excited about the BCOP study because it is a mixed methods study that focuses on the assessment of readiness and capacity of practitioners to implement policy- and system-level approaches to prevent obesity among low-income populations as well as the development of a decision-making tool that can be used by community practitioners to plan and carry out interventions in their communities. In addition, I really like the team-based approach at the PRC, which emphasizes collaborative work among researchers, community stakeholders, and policy makers. I am looking forward to making changes that promote the health and well-being of vulnerable families with children through my work at the PRC.

4) What are some of your interests outside of work?
I have three children who are all in adolescence so I am a very busy mom, but I like to play piano. Also I love all kinds of flowers. I’d love to learn how to bake a birthday cake and others sometime in the future.

5) Where did you grow up and where have you settled in Cleveland (I realize these may be identical answers)?
I was born in Seoul, South Korea. I lived in St. Louis for three years before I moved to Cleveland. I have now settled in Brecksville.

6) Is there anything else that you'd like to share with the PRCHN and its stakeholders?
I am very happy to become a member of the PRC. I am also excited about learning from everyone here.
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