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HealthMatters@BUSargent, the podcast of Boston University’s College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, aims to bring the work of the college’s students to a broader public audience while advancing, preserving, disseminating, and applying knowledge in the health and rehabilitation sciences. The podcast’s host and creator, Karen Jacobs, is the Associate Dean, Digital Learning and Innovation, a Clinical Professor, and the Program Director at Sargent College.

Joan Salge Blake, EdD, RDN, LDN, FAND (BU):

Joan Salge Blake is the Program Director and a Clinical Professor at Boston University’s College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. She is the author of Nutrition & YouNutrition & You: Core Concepts to Good Health, and Nutrition: From Science to You. Professor Blake was recognized with a Media Excellence Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2020 and was named the 2009 Annie Galbraith Outstanding Dietitian by the Massachusetts Dietetic Association.

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Grasso Group Communications:

Grasso Group is a results-based consultant firm offering projects and operations management, corporate public relations services, crisis communication, and corporate reputation management. With unmatched success in acquiring permits and performing Public Relations and Governmental Affairs activities, they represent and help plan, develop, and build various types of projects for organizations from the energy to cannabis industries. Grasso Group enlists the support of countless stakeholders including elected and appointed officials, environmental organizations, and other business organizations.

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Vanessa Christine:

Vanessa Christine is a prosecutor with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. Christine is currently assigned to the Gang Prosecution Unit and has tried over 40 cases to verdict and argued before the 4th District Court of Appeals. She is a member of the SDDA Recruitment Committee, and trains within her own county and the California District Attorney's Association. 


Christine is an Adjunct Professor at California Western School of Law teaching Trial Practice and Trial Skills for Distinguished Advocates. She is the Founder and President of Amicus Events, an event planning and floral company. She recently authored a series of children's books, "My Mom is a Lawyer," telling stories of women in the workforce as inspired by her experiences.

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