13th Class, 2006-2007
Field Placement: Kaua`i Economic Opportunity, Inc. (Lihue, HI)
Amelia worked with the Nutrition Services division to find innovative and effective ways to address issues of food security within the elderly population of Kaua`i. Amelia assessed the nutritional, financial, and transportation needs of her elderly homebound clients and evaluated and implemented improvements to KEO’s Meals on Wheels and Congregate Dining programs.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Hunger in Paradise? Sustaining Kupuna: An Overview of Elderly Nutrition Services in Kaua’i is a simple, accessible disaster preparedness manual designed specifically for senior citizens in Hawaii and addresses issues of age, ethnicity, and disability. It is accompanied by a case study outlining the food security challenges the low-income elderly face on Kaua’i.
Policy Placement: RESULTS (Washington, DC)
Amelia was a Health Policy Fellow and worked to expand access to health care for low-income children and their families. She disseminated research on legislative initiatives, reported on briefings and hearings, generated media campaigns, and developed policy briefs and campaign materials to provide grassroots support to RESULTS volunteers nationwide. Amelia’s efforts involved collaboration and relationship building with partner organizations to develop comprehensive strategies to expand health care coverage for all Americans.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Originally from Massachusetts, Amelia graduated with Highest Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. She served as co-president of a mentoring organization, vice-president of a race-relations committee, representative on the library’s Board of Directors, and director and actor in several social justice performances. Amelia conducted public policy research in Santiago, Chile and has worked with a non-profit environmental advocacy group, on a presidential campaign, and at an experiential education camp.