12th Class, 2005-2006
Field Placement: San Francisco Dept. of Human Services and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (San Francisco, CA)
Brigit worked to increase food stamp participation in the city and county of San Francisco. She evaluated current food stamp outreach methods, researched alternatives, and developed a pilot program for future outreach in San Francisco.
Hunger Free Community Report:
The Outreach Aisle: A Showcase of Cost-Effectiveness in Food Stamp Outreach explores methods of Food Stamp outreach used nationwide. The report measures the cost-effectiveness of each outreach strategy and is designed to assist with the selection of methods for those interested in initiating or improving Food Stamp outreach.
Policy Placement: The Association of Nutrition Services Agencies (ANSA) (Washington, DC)
Brigit researched the relationship between receipt of nutrition assistance and improved health outcomes for the critically ill. Based on this link, she investigated and quantified the potential cost-savings of using nutrition services to prevent and postpone disease progression and its financial burden on the U.S. health care system.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Brigit graduated from Cornell University in 2005 with a degree in Human Biology, Health, and Society. At Cornell she competed for the varsity gymnastics team and served as the president of the Panhellenic Health Advisory Team. She conducted research with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and completed a project on the Hispanic Health Paradox in the state of New York. A native of Corvallis, Oregon, Brigit is a certified Wilderness First Responder.