Michele Polacsek received her master's degree in international health in 1989 and her doctoral degree in public health social and behavioral science in 1994 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She began her work in public health in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and by 1994 she was working on chronic disease prevention and was doing community based teaching and research at the University of New Mexico where she held joint appointments in the department of Communication and Journalism and the Department of Community Medicine Master's in Public Health Program. Michele began her work in Maine in 1998 at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service, Institute for Public Sector Innovation and in 1999 began work at the Maine Center for Public Health where she was the scientific director of the Maine Harvard Prevention Research Center from 2003-2008 and Senior Research Scientist from 2008-2009. Michele has taught in University of New England Master's of Public Health program since 2006 and is a full time faculty member in the College of Graduate Studies, Center for Community and Public Health on the Portland Campus. Michele's work currently focuses on chronic disease prevention and childhood obesity.
Childhood Obesity<br />Chronic Disease Prevention<br /><br />Social and Behavioral Health