Lauren grew up in the Treasure Valley of Idaho and moved to the Columbia Gorge in 2006 following her undergraduate studies in Psychology at the College of Idaho in Caldwell. Lauren joined the AmeriCorps program through the Hood River County Commission on Children on Families to work on public health issues like teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol use prevention, and positive youth development. Lauren pursued her Master’s in Public Health at Oregon State University where she focused on chronic disease prevention through addressing nutrition, physical activity, and health disparities, as well as the political, social, and environmental impacts of socio-economic status on health. Lauren started with OSU Extension in January 2011 and is serving as the Field Faculty Extension Agent for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler counties. Lauren will also be carrying out Family and Community Health Programs in Hood River and Wasco counties which will include programs in Nutrition Education, Food Preservation and Safety, Healthy Aging, Financial Literacy, and other health-related topics. When not focusing on public health, Lauren is a novice gardener and an avid outdoorswoman who loves to hike, bike, camp, snowshoe, snowboard, and surf. Lauren also loves to paint, play music, write poetry, cook delicious food and enjoy good company.
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