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Susan Wentz, MD MS directs the Area Health Education Center and NetWellness programs at Case Western Reserve University (Case). She is an assistant professor of family medicine at Case and holds secondary appointments in the departments of medicine and epidemiology and biostatistics. Dr. Wentz received her M.D. degree and residency education at the University of Michigan and her M.S. degree as a Robert Wood Johnson family medicine fellow at Case. She has studied the history of science and medical education through Case's History of Technology and Science Program.

Dr. Wentz's career has focused on medical student education, university/community partnerships, and health communications. Under her leadership the school has developed an extensive community oriented education program designed to support professional development and provide effective skills to care for diverse populations. Community based education is a cornerstone of this program. Through a broad spectrum of opportunities, students are able to nourish core values that brought them to medicine and develop knowledge and abilities for compassionate care. With a collaborative approach, Dr. Wentz has developed programs joining university and community partners to address important health concerns, with particular emphasis on underserved populations, and health disparities.

In her work with students, and with the community, a core focus of Dr. Wentz's work has been health communications: helping people to access, understand, and use health information. With students, this includes opportunities that develop knowledge and skills to communicate science effectively. Community programs emphasize making current information understandable and available for the public. She has been a leader in NetWellness (http://netwellness.org/ ), a consumer health information website, offered jointly by Case, the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University. One of the first consumer health websites, this non-profit service, featuring faculty expertise, is in its eleventh year of operation and receives over 75 million hits a year from a world-wide audience.

Dr. Wentz was co-principal investigator of the Macy Initiative in Health Communications, a four- year initiative sponsored by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Conducted with schools of medicine at the New York University and the University of Massachusetts, the initiative was designed to integrate communications teaching throughout the medical curriculum.



Catherine Kane is the Program Coordinator for NetWellness.org, a consumer health website that brings together medical expertise from Case, Ohio State and the University of Cincinnati. Joining the staff in January 2003, Catherine has 20 years in the medical field and experience in starting and running her own non-profit organization. While not in the office, she enjoys sewing, collecting vintage housewares, and swing dancing. To contact Catherine, please e-mail.





Students

Sarah Groft is a junior Biomedical Engineering Major with a concentration in Tissue Engineering. She hopes to go on to either medical school or to get a PhD in order to participate in groundbreaking cancer research (specifically Melanoma).This is her second year working in the office, and she feels that it is a wonderful place to work where she is surrounded by intelligent, goal-oriented people who are constantly striving to better not only NetWellness, but also themselves.

Christie Ellis is a junior Medical Anthropology and Cognitive Science double major with plans to pursue a Master in Public Health, and then move on to a career in Law. This is her first year in the office and it has been a wonderful opportunity to hone her abilities by working with the intricacies of Netwellness' web technology, as well as assist in projects that the office is involved in. Aside from her activities in the office, she is the Chief Marketing Officer of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity and is currently working to found an organization dedicated to other Anthropology majors. She considers the office a vibrant environment with lively and bright individuals who are dedicated to improving the world.

Tessa Greene is a sophomore undergraduate student studying Medical Anthropology and International Studies with a minor in Arabic language. She plans on pursuing a Master in Public Health and working in the nonprofit sector. Tessa enjoys writing articles for Netwellness, especially those related to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. She loves being a part of the Netwellness office and learning from each of her coworkers.

Rosemary (Rosie) Behmer is a sophomore at Case Western Reserve University. She is pursuing a BA in Dance as well as a BS in Management with a concentration in Marketing. Working in the Area Health Education Center is the ideal job for Rosie because she helps to make valuable health information more accessible to the community. Aside from working, Rosie is a member of the Case Spartan Dance Team, Social Chair of the Student Dietetic Association and in the process of becoming a Civic Engagement Scholar.