Sally Pelto-Wheeler

Project Manager
Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands

Research Associate
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

sjpelto@indiana.edu
(812) 856-1446
IU Research Park, Suite 101

Education
  • Indiana University, M.P.H., 2008
  • Central Michigan University, B.S., 2006
Courses
  • Public Health Fundamentals for Park and Recreation Professionals Certificate, Eppley Institute
  • SPH-H180 Stress Prevention & Management
Background
  • Director, Community Health Partnerships, Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships, School of Public Health-Bloomington, 2010-2014
  • Senior Administration Planning Specialist, School of Public Health-Bloomington Dean's Office, 2009-2010
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Health-Bloomington, 2009
  • Assistant to the Executive Director, Indiana Prevention Resource Center, 2008-2009
  • Certified in Public Health (achieved via inaugural national CPH examination), 2008
  • Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society, inducted in 2014
Reseach Interests

Ms. Pelto-Wheeler became a project manager at the Eppley Institute in January 2014. Her previous work primarily focused on cultivating relationships across community and academic partnerships. She worked to strengthen community-based research and service collaborations while in the School of Public Health-Bloomington Dean’s Office and established the School’s Community Advisory Board.

With a master of public health degree, Ms. Pelto-Wheeler brings experience with multi-disciplinary work and an understanding of the importance of prevention in health and wellbeing. She is especially passionate about the impact of parks, recreation, and greenspace on community health. She works on several projects with National Park Service partners in the Divisions of Park Facility Management, Commercial Services, and Risk Management. Ms. Pelto-Wheeler also serves as the program coordinator for the national Playground Maintenance Technician training program.

Selected Publications

Pelto-Wheeler, S., Hackerd, J., & Wolter, S. (2015). Bloomington Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2016-2020. Bloomington, Indiana: Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University.

Pelto-Wheeler, S. & Wolter, S. (2015). Parks and Recreation and Public Health: The Common Ground. Bloomington, Indiana: Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University.

Pelto-Wheeler, S., Wiltz, L.K., & Monroe County Health Department. (2014). Monroe County Strategic Plan 2015-2019. Bloomington, Indiana: Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University.

Wiltz, L.K., Pelto-Wheeler, S., & Ripley County Health Department. (2014). Ripley County Strategic Plan 2015-2019. Bloomington, Indiana: Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University.

Hackerd, J., Hochstetler, A., Pelto-Wheeler, S., Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department (2014). Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Bloomington, Indiana: Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University.