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Aimee Budnik

Ph D. student in Prevention Science & Graduate Assistant

Ms. Budnik holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Oh and is currently a PhD student in Prevention Science at Kent State University’s College of Public Health. Ms. Budnik is a registered dietitian with over 12 years of experience working as a public health practitioner.  Most recently, Ms. Budnik was the Local Coordinator of the Women, Infant and Children’s Program in Danbury, CT and later served as the Director of Welfare and Social Services in the same city.  Other experiences include Nutrition Manager of the Hunger Prevention Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) in New York City for the Food Bank for NYC and Chief Clinical Dietitian for several long term care facilities in NY.  Currently, in her PhD program, she has been working on a project that evaluates is evaluating a homeless intervention housing project as well as projects related to health department consolidations. She previously worked on a community-based juvenile justice evaluation. Her areas of interest include barriers to healthcare access, food security and public health infrastructure.  Ms. Budnik has presented at several national conferences and has taught at the College of Public Health.  Ms. Budnik received the Prevention Science Student of the Year Award in 2012 and Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011-2012. 

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


Hoornbeek, J.and Budnik, A., Beechey, T., and Filla, J. 2012. “Consolidating Public  Health Departments in Summit County, Ohio:  A One Year Retrospective”, College of Public Health and Center for Public Administration and Public Policy, Kent State University, for Summit County Public Health

Slenkovich, K, Boulter, J and Budnik, A. 2011. “Improving Public Health in Portage County,” College of Public Health, Kent State University for Task Force to Improve Public Health in Portage County.

Segura-Millan S, Himmelgreen D., Budnik A., Bermudez-Vega, Gonzalez A., Ferris A.M., and Perez-Escamilla R. Dietary Patterns Among Inner-City Latino Preschoolers from Hartford, Connecticut. The FASEB Journal. 1997; 11(3): Abstract #1343.


Skoda, D., Budnik A., Shine N. Bridging the Gap: Bringing Nutrition to Child Care. Journal of the American Dietetic Association.  1999; 99(9): A-57. 


Tossone, K., Budnik, A. and Schuch, L. October 2012. Media Analysis of HIV Attribute to Sexual Assault in a Global Context, St. Thomas, USVI. Type: National Refereed


Budnik, A., Nixon, G. and Slenkovich, K. 2 October 2012. An applied and systematic approach to assessing feasibility of consolidation of local health departments into a single health district. Panel Presentation at American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA. Type: National Refereed.


Hoornbeek, J., Budnik, A., and Beechey, T. October 2012.  Evaluating Impacts of Local Health Department Consolidation: The Case of Summit County Ohio. Panel Presentation at American Public Health Association, San  Francisco, CA. Type: National Refereed.


Budnik, A., Cheruvu, V., and Olds, R.S. April 2012. Validating the Radimer Hunger Scale in HIV/AIDS Population: An exploratory factor analysis. Panel presentation at National Health Promotion Summit, Washington, DC.

Type: National Refereed.




Ph.D. student in Prevention Science, Kent State University, OH.

Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University, OH.

Dietetic Internship, Case Western Reserve University, OH.

Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, CT.


Higher Education Work Experience

Graduate Assistant, College of Public Health at Kent State University,8/2011-present

Instructor, College of Public Health at Kent State University, spring 2012 

Research Assistant, Kent State University, 10/2009-12/2011

Instructor, Department of Health ED. at Kent State University, 6/2008-7/2008


Professional Experience

Consultant, Ohio Alliance Recovery Providers  , 6/2010- 5/2011

Consultant Dietitian, Ellen Casper and Associates, 10/2010-10/2011

Director of Welfare, City of Danbury, CT, 2/2007-8/2007

Local WIC Program Coordinator, Danbury WIC Program, CT, 7/2006 – 2/2007

Program Nutritionist, Danbury WIC Program, CT, 2/2004-7/2006

Community Nutrition Manager, Food Bank For New York City, 2/2004-7/2006

Compass Group North America Division, Morrison Senior Dining, 1/2000-10/2001

Chief Clinical Dietitian, Guild Home for the Aged Blind (NY)

Clinical Dietitian, Nathan Miller Center for Nursing (NY)

Public Health Nutritionist, Cuyahoga Country Board of Health, OH , 9/1998-11/1999

Research Assistant, Cleveland State University, 7/1998-9/1998

Project Assistant, Cleveland State University, 6/1997-12/1997

Research Assistant, Hispanic Health Council/ University of Connecticut, 1/1996-8/1996


Prevention Science Student of the Year,  2011-2012

Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award, 2012

College of Public Health