Dr. Pennel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, the Director of the Public Health Program, and the Director of Public Health Practice at UTMB. Broadly, her interests and expertise include community health assessment, program planning and evaluation, community engagement, and improved integration of research/scholarship, teaching, and practice. Her educational development and scholarship goals include innovation in practice-based teaching, application of public health knowledge and skills into practice, and engagement in community- and service-based learning. Her research areas are community health assessment and community health improvement planning, particularly as they relate to nonprofit hospitals’ requirements, and projects that build community and academic partnerships using Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approaches. Dr. Pennel and her community partner were selected as members for the 2017-2018 cohort of the CBPR Partnership Academy through University of Michigan and the Detroit Urban Research Center.