Bree Bode PhD, MPH, CHES joined HEI first as a scholarship recipient. Dr. Bode also served as a volunteer and HEI Professional Development Committee Lead in 2021; and in 2022 began as a board member. Bree advances health equity by conducting research activities to find community-based solutions to public health problems related to the food insecurity-obesity paradox. She has a special interest in policy and system variables that influence food choices in retail and school-based environments.
Dr. Bode works at Michigan Fitness Foundation, a state SNAP-Ed implementing agency, as an Evaluation Specialist. Adjacently, Dr. Bode helps lead a regional evaluation effort of retail environments in Michigan through Wayne State University, which examines the intersections of policies, systems, and health behavior. Bree also mentors and instructs college and university students through the concepts, tenants, and constructs of research and practice through experiential learning to aid in their preparation to advance health equity in and out of the classroom.
Dr. Bode is a graduate of Wayne State (2021) and Grand Valley State (2015) universities where she earned, respectively, her doctoral degree in Philosophy, with an emphasis in Community Health and her master’s degree in Public Health, with an emphasis in Health Education and Promotion. Bree continues to be a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society for Public Health Education. Some of Bree's favorite things are her four children, hiking, and homemade bagels with dark hot chocolate.