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Beese Research Washington State University

Rural Health Promotion

Shawna Beese, PhD RN                                                                                                                                                       


After a fulfilling 12-year career in hospital management and 20 years as a nurse leader, I returned to graduate school in 2019 to work towards a PhD in Nursing with a focus on population health. I wanted to transition my work to community-based health promotion. My dissertation focused on neighborhoods, not only as a site of health care delivery but also as a source of protective and risk determinants of health.

Currently, I serve as an assistant professor of rural health promotion for the Washington State University Extension through the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. In my faculty role, my research program has three broad categories: a) research regarding neighborhood determinants of health and rurality, b) resource needs assessments for rural residents and project development, and c) applied research toward the development of my emerging Rural Neighborhoods program.

Through my prior role as the regional retail coordinator, I led the geographic assessment of online grocery delivery access for Washington state SNAP participants. This analysis was conducted in July 2021 and repeated in April 2022. The findings of our work have been disseminated at the National Institute of Health (NIH) Food Insecurity, Neighborhood Food Environment, and Nutrition Health Disparities: State of the Science workshop, as well as through publication in Preventing Chronic Diseases journal in June of 2022.

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