Michael Swain


Bachelor of Public Affairs, Public Policy and Analysis, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Master of Public Health, Health Policy, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Hometown: Flint, MI
Research Interests: Chronic disease, food access and security, and the role of policies and systems in the prevention of disease
Long-term career goals: To effectively communicate and translate epidemiological findings into policies that prevent disease and to also conduct research that transcends academic disciplines
What philosophy guides your education? “There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” – Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot
Date Accomplishments
November 2018
  • Letter to the editor accepted for publication in the American Journal of Public Health. Swain M. The need for measuring physical activity and assessing race in community-based diabetes interventions.
April 2018
  • Abstract selected for presentation at the National Association of County and City Health Officials 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA: Swain M and Husband L. “Advancing Community Nutrition for Vulnerable Populations through a University Extension and Health Department Partnership.”
  • Abstract selected for poster presentation at the National Association of County and City Health Officials 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA: Swain M. “Schools as a Chronic Disease Prevention Delivery Site: The Role of Evidence-Based Partners.”
  • Poster presented at 2018 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Cincinnati, OH: Torres T, Swain M and Jameson M: “A Professional Development Framework for School and Community Garden Educators.”
March 2018
  • Abstract selected for presentation at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society in Portland, OR: Campbell C, Israel G, Diehl D, Galindo S and Swain M. “Differing Effects of Nutrition Education in Low-income Populations in Rural versus Suburban Students in Florida.”
December 2017
  • Received a travel award from Grassroots Change to attend Preemption in Nutrition Policy Training in Aurora, CO organized by Grassroots Change and The College of Global Public Health, New York University.
November 2017
  • Workshop presented at 2017 National Summit to End Hunger in November in Tampa, FL: Shelnutt KP, Swain M and Glatting C. “Levering Partnerships to Improve Food Access and Prevent Chronic Disease Through Policy, Systems and Environmental Change.”
  • Abstract selected for poster presentation at the 18th Annual AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference in February 2018 in Washington, D.C: Swain, M​ and Kasiborski N. “Improving Behavioral Health Care Access through a Local Health Department Model in Schools”​