MHS MA student Renée Martin-Willett has been named the 2014-2015 Community Scholar by the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Community Engaged Research Core (CERC) for her project entitled “Refugee Agricultural Programs, Mental Health and Social Integration”. Ms. Martin-Willett is one of two scholars selected, from Vanderbilt and Meharry respectively. The grant of $5000 will allow her to work collaboratively with The Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee (CRIT) to evaluate the psychosocial effects of a multimodal agricultural program currently being implemented to serve refugee groups in Nashville. Drawing on her MHS studies, Ms. Martin-Willett aims to develop evaluation methodologies that are multidisciplinary, culturally appropriate, and reflective of the complex social contexts in which refugees and the organizations working with them are situated. Associate Professor Dominique Béhague is Renée’s Faculty Mentor on the project, with consultation by Assistant Director JuLeigh Petty.

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