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Meet Community Health Educator Becca Bakal, MPH

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From Becca: 

I am honored to be joining the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics as a Community Health Educator. I grew up in Barrington, Illinois and then moved to New Haven, Connecticut for college. I majored in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies before going on to complete a Master’s in Public Health in a joint BA/MPH program at Yale University. I have a background in health education, particularly sexual and reproductive health as well as obesity prevention. I’m thrilled to be able to apply my health education background in the Chicagoland Jewish community, which has always been a home to me. My current pastimes include going to farmers markets and getting lost while exploring the city.

Please reach out to me at RebeccaBakal@juf.org or 312-357-4717. 

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