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Shortly after graduating from Hofstra's School of Education and Allied Human Services (SOEAHS), Gloria Jackson-McLean became a public educator at Winthrop University Hospital's Long Island Regional Poison and Drug Information Center. In this capacity, she developed comprehensive education programs on poison prevention, and then presented these programs to communities in Nassau and Suffolk Counties via lectures, workshops and seminars. She also collaborated with other educators in New York state and the American Association of Poison Control Centers to create a systematic and statewide approach to public education.
"I have always wanted to be a public health educator," Gloria said. "My goal after graduation was to obtain a position as a health educator with an organization that focuses on health education, health promotion and disease prevention. Thanks to Hofstra's SOEAHS, my goal has been achieved and the framework is set for me to advance higher on this career path."
In October 2006 Gloria relocated to Georgia. She is a family independence case manager in the Division of Family and Children Services for the Georgia Department of Human Resources.
In addition to "the sense of belonging" that she felt, Gloria fondly recalls the professors at SOEAHS. "They were always willing to listen, advise and assist, especially in the Department of Health Professions and Family Studies."
When asked what advice she would give those considering positions in her field, Gloria suggested that "pursuing a B.S. in community health at Hofstra's SOEAHS would be their first and wisest decision. This degree provides a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences," she explained, "and can lead to a variety of career options in health - including health education, public health, epidemiology, health administration, nursing, social work, health counseling and medicine."