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The PRCHN Continues to Grow

The PRCHN has hired three new Navigators will be working with middle school students in Cleveland public schools who are enrolled in the IMPACT study. You can learn more about the IMPACT study here.

Six questions with IMPACT Navigator Chante Cavin

1) Tell me a bit about your work before you joined the PRCHN. Where did you work and what did you do?

I currently work full time at Rose-Mary Center as a Case Manager. I have been with Rose-Mary Center for three years now. I act as team leader/liaison over programming and habilitation services for intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals. I collaborate with a team of medical professionals, support staff, as well as parents/guardians in ensuring that the clients are receiving the upmost services. Prior to Rose-Mary Center, I worked as a teacher at KinderCare Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio. I mainly arranged a cognitively stimulating classroom environment for toddler up to school aged children, which successfully supported the kids with reaching functioning milestones.

2) Tell me about your education. Where and what did you study? Is your work as a Navigator radically different than what you studied in college? In other words, has your career path made any unusual changes?

I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2011 with my Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I believe that my work as a Navigator is definitely related to and can encompass the field of Psychology. I had a few research-based Psych classes, Child Psychology, as well as Health and Wellness classes, which all can attribute to the mission of the PRCHN. I am interested in continuing my education and receiving my Master's degree in Public Health. My role as a Research Assistant/ Navigator is the perfect opportunity to continue working towards my master's while making an awesome difference in the community!

3) What aspects of your new position are most intriguing to you? What are you looking forward to?

I have been longing to be a part of a research team and am super excited that I now have this opportunity. I am looking forward to assisting the children in my schools to make healthy changes in their lives. I definitely am excited to be a role model and support them along the way. I am also really looking forward to the Environmental Assessment portion of my role. It will be really cool to venture out into the neighborhoods and work towards making our neighborhoods healthier for the children.

4) What are some of your interests outside of work?

Outside of work, I enjoy volunteering in the Children's Hospital at main campus Cleveland Clinic. I really love to travel yearly. I am very adventurous and look forward to my next trip! (Last year I swam with sharks and dolphins in Cancun, Mexico, so much fun!). I also enjoy spending time with my family.

5) Where did you grow up and where have you settled in Cleveland (I realize these may be identical answers)?

I grew in the Cleveland/Shaker area. My childhood street was on the border of both cities. I currently reside in Willoughby Hills.

6) Is there anything else that you'd like to share with the PRCHN and its stakeholders?

I am really excited to be a part of the PRCHN! I look forward to learning more about my role as a Navigator as well as getting to know everyone else who is a part of the team. Thank you for the opportunity!

Six Questions with IMPACT Navigator Rachel Gardenhire

1) Tell me a bit about your work before you joined the PRCHN. Where did you work and what did you do?

Most recently, I worked at Macy's, where I assisted the store management team with the daily operations of the store. While at Macy's, I did everything from being a sales associate to being a manager. Prior to that, during the summer of 2013, I worked for a summer school program in Cincinnati where I was the Lead Enrichment teacher and the Assistant Director of the program. The program was a free summer program for two different charter schools in Cincinnati for grades K-4. Mainly I taught the physical education program, oversaw one of the schools when the director was at the second school, and helped plan several off-campus events including a trip to Miami University for the students to learn about college and envision themselves there in the future.

2) Tell me about your education. Where and what did you study? Is your work as a Navigator radically different than what you studied in college? In other words, has your career path made any unusual changes?

I graduated from Miami University in May 2012 with a bachelor's in Athletic Training. My post-grad plan was to take a year off to apply to Medical School. I didn't end up getting in that application period, but my plan is still to be a physician. My work as a Navigator isn't radically different from what I studied but falls under the general health and wellness/health promotion umbrella, which is generally related to my degree. I do feel like my work as a Navigator is a great opportunity to continue on my career path to becoming a physician because of the awesome work we get to do with the community!

3) What aspects of your new position are most intriguing to you? What are you looking forward to?

I'm most looking forward to connecting with and bonding with the kids. After working that summer with the kids in Cincinnati, I realized that I love being a help and supporter to kids achieving their goals and dreams and I am looking forward to doing this again.

4) What are some of your interests outside of work?

Outside of work I like to read, I volunteer at an animal shelter where I walk dogs—this is my substitute to actually owning one! :), working out, travelling, and for as long as I can remember my family has hosted a Bible study fellowship at our house twice a week. and I'm very involved in assisting them with this.

5) Where did you grow up and where have you settled in Cleveland (I realize these may be identical answers)?

I'm originally from Kansas, but I grew up in the Cleveland area. We moved to Strongsville when I was in the first grade and have been there since.

6) Is there anything else that you'd like to share with the PRCHN and its stakeholders?

I'm very excited to be working here at the PRCHN and I think the work we are all doing is awesome! I'm excited to be involved!


Six Questions with IMPACT Navigator Sophia Kemble

1) Tell me a bit about your work before you joined the PRCHN. Where did you work and what did you do?

Since 2011, I worked as a caregiver for my mother's at-home support care company assisting the mentally and physically disabled. My mother (and hero) started her company all on her own, fearlessly pouring all of her resources into providing more personable, customized, and supportive care to our clients. I was lucky to be a part of that process, learning much about caregiving and about myself as well.

I also worked at the Grog Shop, a music venue in Cleveland Heights, for a couple of years. That was so much fun, and was definitely the easiest job I have ever had as it involved popping open PBRs and watching live music. I also worked part-time as a belay instructor at the Cleveland Rock Gym, where groups of families and children would come to learn to top-rope or climb up 30-foot walls while harnessed to a rope. I still volunteer to belay from time to time, because it's immediately rewarding to see individuals face their fears, conquer them, then ask to do it again.

2) Tell me about your education. Where and what did you study? Is your work as a Navigator radically different than what you studied in college? In other words, has your career path made any unusual changes?

Oh, absolutely! I graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a degree in religious studies. Basically, I had a very difficult time narrowing down my broad interests to decide on a major. I changed my major twelve times during my undergrad before settling on religion, which was appealing due to its interdisciplinary nature. The program was great as religion majors were able to pick and choose from an assortment of classes focusing on all sorts of world religions, and I gravitated toward classes studying Buddhism. Although my academic background appears very disparate from my new position as a Navigator, I realize that my degree allowed me the incredible opportunity to grow as an individual who greatly desires to contribute to the betterment of the community.

3) What aspects of your new position are most intriguing to you? What are you looking forward to?

That this study is a multifaceted, collaborative, and intervention-based approach to educating, empowering, and enabling the underserved community just blows my mind. It is so exciting to know that the work I will be doing contributes to the scientific community and local, underprivileged communities simultaneously. After having met a few of my participants and school groups, I am so eager to get to know them, to become a trusted mentor and cheerleader helping them overcome their doubts and fears in order to grow. Also, I am really looking forward to getting to know my colleagues and the whole PRCHN team, and hope to learn as much as I can from them.

4) What are some of your interests outside of work?

I am in all respects an outdoorswoman, so anything involving nature makes me happy. I especially love our metro parks system! I am obsessed with rock climbing, and climb outdoors anytime I have the opportunity to get to the gorges in Kentucky or West Virginia, though I hope to climb all over the world one day. Cooking is fun, but I'm not very good at it. I love animals and people and life in general.

5) Where did you grow up and where have you settled in Cleveland (I realize these may be identical answers)?

I lived in Atlanta and Dallas until I was 13, but moved to Cleveland after that. Cleveland is home, and always will be. I currently live in the Gordon Square area.

6) Is there anything else that you'd like to share with the PRCHN and its stakeholders?

I would like to thank all who were involved in the hiring process. I could not be happier in my new position. I am so excited to get to know everyone at the PRCHN, and to learn and grow from their experiences and feedback!


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