Current Community Engagement Successes

Our Current Successes

Gwyneth Johnson
Kennesaw Mountain High School senior, Gwyneth Johnson, completed an educational research internship on obesity and metabolic health led by Dr. Katherine H. Ingram, Associate Professor of Exercise Science in the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services. Gwyneth completed a student research project during Fall 2020 titled, “Plant-Based vs. Animal-Based Diet and Their Association with Metabolic Function”, which she presented at the KSU Symposium for Student Scholars on December 3rd, 2020. Her KSU faculty mentor was Dr. Katherine Ingram and Graduate Research Assistant, Grace Alexander, served as her student mentor.
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Hickory Flat Circle of Friends Residents with Disabilities Community
An effort to create community for disabled accepts 262-acre land donation to build an affordable community for people with disabilities got a boost Thursday when the Circle of Friends advocacy group announced it has accepted a donation of 262 acres of land near Ball Ground. Circle of Friends founders Diane and Glenn Keen and Stephen Taylor said at their group’s meeting Thursday that they secured land in Ball Ground for their proposed community.
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Kennesaw State Darlen Xiomara Rodriguez Award

Dr. Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in Social Work and Human Services at Kennesaw State University’s (KSU) WellStar College of Health and Human Services. She is one of KSU’s inaugural Diversity Fellows through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Center for Diversity Leadership and Engagement. She is the co-principal investigator for the Atlanta Immigrant Crossroads Project, which led to various community-university partnerships and community-based participatory research projects on best practices for immigrant integration. The University System of Georgia, Kendeda Fund, and National Geographic Society have awarded her research funds. Her most recent applied research endeavors have been to develop an Immigrant Integration Toolkit for the State of Georgia and co-edit a book entitled Green Card Youth Voices: Stories from an Atlanta High School (Wise Ink Publishers, 2018), which has resulted in her team receiving one of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia’s inaugural Community Engagement Award. Read More!

WCHHS Community Outreach Internship Helping ObesityInternship in Public Health Education – Student Intern at The Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, Inc. (CHOICES).

WHCCS Community Outreach Internship Operation CenterInternship in Public Health Education – Student Intern at the Georgia Department of Public Health. Assisting in the Emergency Operation Center (EOC ) Activation: Hurricane Dorian. 

WCHHS Community Outreach Internship Woman Wellness
Internship in Public Health Education – Student Intern at The Center for Black Women’s Wellness.

WCHHS Community Outreach Internship Emergency Management
Internship in Public Health Education – Student Intern at the Georgia Department of Public Health – Division of Emergency Management.

WCHHS Community Outreach Internship Red Cross
Internship in Public Health Education – Student Intern at the American Red Cross.

WCHHS Community Outreach Internship Medication Take Back Day
Internship in Public Health Education – Student Intern Wellstar’s Community Education and Outreach - Medication Take Back Day


Dear Dr. Irene McClatchey, 

"I had to reach out to you to say what a blessing you and this camp have been.  I cannot tell you how much this camp has given them all tools, and been such a source of happiness for them all! 

I have literally been in tears a few times throughout the camp just listening to the stories from all of the children brave enough to tell their stories through the camp. Losing my sister has been really rough, and I am so glad they were about to join your camp. Thank you so much for putting this together from the bottom of our hearts."