Gen Meredith is a mother, a public health practitioner, an educator, and someone who is always looking for ways to connect great minds and spirits to effect change. Gen is also a lecturer, and the Associate Director of Cornell’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program and International Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Gen was born in England, grew up in Canada, and moved to the U.S. after graduating from McGill University (Occupational Therapy) and representing Canada in rowing world championship and Olympic regattas.
Gen earned her MPH at the University of Massachusetts, and has worked as a public health implementer, innovator, and leader for the last 12 years at the community, state, national, and international level. In that time, Gen lived in Massachusetts, Maine, and New York, and worked in 15 countries highly affected by HIV in Africa and the Caribbean Region, including South Africa, Zambia, Ethiopia, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, and Guyana. Gen’s work has focused largely on building the capacity of local public health workers to collect and have access to strong data to better quantify needs, opportunities, and resources in order to design and implement public health programs and interventions to improve health outcomes.
Gen joined Cornell University in 2015 to help the University design and implement a Master of Public Health program. This program will launch in 2017 to teach and mentor its first cohort of public health leaders. Cornell’s MPH program—which is offered via the Graduate School and administered by the College of Veterinary Medicine—is unique in that it will focus on addressing public health needs from a One Health perspective with a commitment to sustainable interventions.
In her spare time, Gen enjoys spending time outside running, biking, hiking, and enjoying nature in general with her family and friends, and then cooking, baking, and eating great food, also with family and friends.
This is Gen’s first year as a House Fellow, although you may recognize her from last year’s House Dinners. Gen is married to House Fellow and Cornell Lightweight Rowing coach, Chris Kerber. They have two girls – Taylor and Cornelia (Coco) – and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Tili and Amie.