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Fordham MSW/MPH Student Presents at NYAM Student Conference


Fordham MSW/MPH student Rachel Gentile, GSS ’24, presented this month at the New York Academy of Medicine’s (NYAM) 15th Annual Student Social Work Night alongside students from nine other New York social work programs.

Rachel Gentile stands behind a podium smiling. The podium has the NYAM logo on it.

Rachel Gentile

Gentile’s presentation was titled “Disparities in Healthy Food Access and Low-Income Neighborhoods in New York City: Implications for Behavioral and Physical Health.” Fordham GSS Associate Dean Elaine Congress, DSW, was an organizer of the conference. She is also a co-chair of the social work section of the NYAM.

This is not the first time Gentile has been recognized for her great work. Back in November, she received the 2023 Meredith Hanson Social Justice Student Paper Award at the Greater New York Behavioral Science Research Conference for her research on the same topic.

“As a student of social work and public health, I am interested in understanding and unpacking broad issues in health, policy, and systems and working on both prevention and intervention in order to foster positive change,” she said in a previous interview. “Food access or lack of access impacts our physical and mental health. In order to improve behavioral and physical outcomes for all, we need to ensure that everyone has the ability to access quality nutrition.”


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