Jacqline Wolf Tice has found her niche studying public health as a graduate student at Lehigh University. She has spent much of her life looking to understand the relationship between nature and human nature and sees public health as an intersection of her concerns about social justice, environment and health and wellness.
After a successful music career, in which she released five CDs and toured the United States, Wolf Tice decided that she could create change in ways other than music. She began looking for ways to “activate the material content of her musical message.”
She achieved her B.S in Public Health from East Stroudsburg University as the first student at their Lehigh Valley campus. The training there led her to a position at St. Luke’s Community Health where she worked as a Health Educator, leading healthy living initiatives with schools and the general public. After taking a few graduate courses at University of Massachusetts, she applied to Lehigh’s environmental policy design program and was accepted as a graduate teaching assistant.
The environmental policy design program allows Wolf Tice to get as close as possible to her core interests. In one environmental justice class, she is working on a food security project, in which she surveys local farmer’s markets to find ways to fulfill the needs of the growing Hispanic population in Bethlehem. Parts of the city are a “food desert” she says, as residents lack access to fresh produce, which has hurt the Hispanic population specifically. She is working to connect families to the food sources they need.
In a separate project, she is studying the extraction industry in North Dakota and its detrimental effect on the environment and nearby populations. She plans on traveling there next summer to research this topic more in depth.
She has received numerous awards, including the 2015 Campus Liaison of the Year from the American Public Health Association’s Student Assembly -- for her support of student- led initiatives in the public health field. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with St. Luke’s University Health Network, Vice Chair of the Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition, and has spearheaded many more healthy living initiatives.
After graduation, Wolf Tice hopes to continue to make a difference in the field of public health, with a focus on Native American reservations, where the government-supplied food rations are very unhealthy. Her goal is to change that system through work with Indian Health Services or the Food and Drug Administration.