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Washington State University

Rural Health Promotion


I serve as an assistant professor of rural health promotion for the Washington State University Extension through the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. In my faculty role, my research foci fall into three categories: a) basic research regarding neighborhood determinants of health and rurality, b) concrete resources for Whatcom rural residents, and c) applied research toward the development of my emerging Rural Neighborhoods program.

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Through my prior role as the regional retail coordinator, I led the geographic assessment of online grocery delivery access for Washington state SNAP participants. This analysis was conducted in July 2021 and repeated in April 2022. The findings of our work have been disseminated at the National Institute of Health (NIH) Food Insecurity, Neighborhood Food Environment, and Nutrition Health Disparities: State of the Science workshop, as well as through publication in Preventing Chronic Diseases journal in June of 2022.

Shawna Beese
Assistant Professor of Rural Health Promotion