What is your role in the WI Population Health Fellowship program?
What are a few highlights of your background in public health?
Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, I served as the Sales Manager for Homegrown Wisconsin Cooperative. I supported Wisconsin organic vegetable growers as a liaison to chefs in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison and worked with communities to develop localized food systems.
What are your main areas of interest within public health?
Food systems, intersection of public health, nutrition and agricultural policy, urban and rural planning.
Heroes/person you have met?
As far as heroes, from the moment I met Ken Dunn, the founder and director of City Farm in Chicago, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I took a tour of City Farm when I was first working for Home Grown and I was blown away, an urban farm in the middle of the city of Chicago! City Farm sits on a vacant lot flanked by Cabrini-Green on one side and the Gold Coast neighborhood on the other. City Farm not only grows amazing produce but they also serve as a training/learning facility for replicating the urban farm model. They set the bar high for urban planning, including a comprehensive, city wide recycling program that includes food scraps for compost and kitchen oil for bio fuels.
Do you have any advice for those interested in the Fellowship?
Apply! This is such a unique opportunity to find and define your public health role.
Which public health journal/blog/websites do you read regularly?
What is one public health achievement you think will happen in the next 25 years? What is one you would like to see in the next 25 years?
We will achieve a healthier, more just and environmentally sustainable food and farming system.