One of the newer members of the College's thriving Health Sciences department, Professor Amy Dailey has spent her academic career examining the availability of cancer screening for underserved populations.
Her passion for public health has proven to be a great asset for Gettysburg College.
Over her three years as a faculty member, she has been key to the expansion of the public health component of the health sciences department, and she was recognized by the American Public Health Association for her efforts to improve students' information literacy with public health resources.
Dailey received her MPH in epidemiology from Tulane University and her Ph.D. in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University, with research focusing on questions of socioeconomic status and access to cancer screenings, especially mammograms.
“While studying at Yale, I started to think about the reasons that women with a lower socioeconomic status are more likely to die from breast cancer. That thinking led to the topic of my dissertation which examined the link between where a woman lives and whether or not she receives regular mammograms,” said Dailey.
In addition to teaching epidemiology and global health at Gettysburg, Dailey has taught public health since 2010 – the first time that topic was offered as part of the health sciences department. Since then, she has done everything in her power to provide students with the necessary tools to be knowledgeable about and interested in issues of public health.
Dailey received a Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning grant to improve the College’s public health course. With the grant, Dailey worked with Meggan Smith, reference & instruction librarian at the College’s Musselman Library, to improve students’ information literacy in public health.
Using the semester-long project on obesity in her public health class as a guidepost, Dailey and Smith worked to better equip students to digest and analyze data on the obesity epidemic, so they are well informed about what is already known and what is being done, and can thereby form their own thoughts about a solution to the epidemic.
Their efforts landed Dailey in an article on expanding undergraduate public health education in the American Public Health Association’s newspaper, “The Nation’s Health.”
During her time at Gettysburg, Dailey has moved beyond her focus on cancer screening when it comes to thinking about access and underserved populations, and also began to consider issues of food insecurity. Partnering with Gettysburg College’s Center For Public Service, students, and local community organizations, Dailey has worked on research related to the impact of the Adams County Food Policy Council’s Healthy Options program.
“I feel fortunate that as an undergraduate student I had the opportunity in Dr. Dailey’s class to conduct the level of research I did, to write a grant proposal, and to participate in peer reviews. All these experiences will be a huge benefit to me beyond Gettysburg whether I go on to graduate school or pursue a career in public health. All these experiences will be a huge benefit to me beyond Gettysburg whether I go on to graduate school or pursue a career in public health.”
Kelly Ruffini ’14