Rachel Benn provides support for Nutrition & Wellness programming in Livingston, McLean, and Woodford Counties, which primarily focuses on chronic disease prevention and management, food safety, and healthy and safe community environments. In her role, Rachel is involved with program marketing, program planning and evaluation, coalition partnerships, and interdisciplinary teamwork geared toward education and increasing access to healthy foods. Her passion lies in creating and fostering environments that support accessible healthy behaviors and healthy opportunities for all.
Rachel received her Master of Public Health from University of Illinois-Chicago in 2020 and her bachelor's degree in Community Health Education from Illinois State University in 2016. Rachel also obtains her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification.
Before joining Extension, Rachel completed a year-long AmeriCorps program with an Illinois health department where she worked to build capacity for grant-supported community health initiatives, promoting community awareness of home environmental hazards, and supporting community engagement efforts. Rachel also served as an AmeriCorps Summer Associate in Wyoming the summer after college, helping to establish a summer feeding program for school-aged children and building capacity for food production in a region of Wyoming with a relatively short growing season.