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Faculty Spotlight: Renee Cadzow

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Renee Cadzow

"What's most exciting about this field is the opportunity to effect positive change to improve the health and well-being of our communities."

Health services encompasses a broad area, from grassroots initiatives to large healthcare institutions. The ultimate goal is to understand, manage, and improve how we attempt to keep people healthy and how we treat them when they're not. It involves knowledge and skills in many areas, including biology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, epidemiology, business, management, pharmacology and law.

My current research focuses on maternal and child health – specifically the areas of childhood obesity and breastfeeding. I'm interested in ways of improving the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of obesity in pediatric healthcare. I serve as a public health advocate and work closely with Western New York community partners to advocate for environment and policy changes in support of breastfeeding, which is strongly related to later life health and well-being for both moms and children.

Along with teaching at D'Youville, I'm also co-director of the Center for Research on Physical Activity, Sport & Health (CRPASH), an interdisciplinary research center on campus. We offer research awards to master's and doctoral students and have plans to add research assistant positions in the future.

Every semester I meet interesting students who have promise to become conscientious and responsive health services managers or administrators. I really enjoy connecting these students to opportunities in the community. I'm pleased when I see our students internalize the importance of grassroots organizations and incorporate their experiences into their future work.