Nutrition Policy Institute welcomes five summer student fellows

Jun 18, 2020

The Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) is excited to be working with five undergraduate and graduate student fellows over the summer of 2020. Celeste Felix and Caroline Long finished their first year in the University of California (UC), Berkeley School of Public Health, Master's in Public Health (MPH) Nutrition program and have joined NPI to complete their MPH summer internship requirement. They will be working with NPI researchers Wendi Gosliner, Ron Strochlic, and Marisa Tsai to evaluate two California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) programs including the California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP), California Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program, and a CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grant funded pilot test of technological innovations to increase specialty crop consumption among CalFresh participants. Sophia Navarro is NPI's first Student Fellowship in honor of Dr. Pat Crawford. She will be working with NPI researchers Lorrene Ritchie and Marisa Tsai and Stanford Medicine Department of Pediatrics pediatrician and researcher Anisha Patel to analyze data collected from fourth grade students who have participated in the Water First Study to examine associations between milk type, calorie intake and body mass index. Anna Rios is a undergraduate student intern from UC Berkeley who will be joining NPI as part of the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) summer student research program. Rios will be working on an grant proposal to test the impact of milk type on toddler dietary intakes and weight. She will be working with Lorrene Ritchie, Marisa Tsai and Anisha Patel. Erin Esaryk is completing her Berkeley Food Institute fellowship at NPI and will be working with Lorrene Ritchie and UCSF researcher Suzanna Martinez to research food and housing insecurity among UC students.

By Danielle Louhrine Lee
Author - Policy Analyst