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Betsy Johnson joined Extension Health and Nutrition in 2007. The focus of her work is health promotion and chronic disease prevention through education, engagement, training, and facilitation to ensure access to healthy food and physical activity for all Minnesotans. She comes to Extension with a broad background in community health and nonprofit management that includes work with the YMCA, United Way, Minnesota Department of Health; and as a medical clinic administrator, public relations manager, and a contractor for senior health projects and rural hospital performance improvement. Betsy holds certifications as a leader for several evidence-based health improvement programs, health impact assessment, and as a health/fitness instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine.

Betsy earned a Masters in Public Health Degree in policy and administration from the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities.

Areas of focus: physical activity, active transportation, healthy food environment assessment, health promotion and chronic disease prevention education, food access for rural and low-income populations, nutrition and culinary skills education