Bree Bode

Bree Bode is an evaluation specialist at the Michigan Fitness Foundation and President of the GLC-SOPHE chapter. Bode finds public health exciting, as she finds joy in working with others. She finds it rewarding to be able to have collaborative moments at the internal, local, state, and national levels. Her lived experiences have influenced her pathway into public health which were complimented by personal values of social justice and academic curiosity.

She received her MPH from Grand Valley State and her PhD from Wayne State University. In 2015, while at Grand Valley State, she served as the Director of Programs at a multilingual, multicultural nonprofit organization designing, implementing, and evaluating programs that met needs and highlighted assets of people from the community.

After three years of being immersed in the community, she entered Wayne State in 2018 to advance her skills in research, practice, evaluation, and depth of policy. Now, she is part of an evaluation team that aims to support evidenced-based implementation of SNAP-Ed programs while centering CBPR and equitable evaluation.

When she is not at work, Bode finds joy being outside in nature, spending time with family, reading, and visiting local coffee shops. She also has a passion for volunteering. At the APHA Food and Nutrition section, Bode is the communications lead. She is also a board member of one local food policy council, and a working group member of another local food policy council.

Mute the white noise of society’s opinions and honor yourself in your pathway while continually remaining curious about ways to do that honoring in respective seasons of life.