19th Class, 2012-2013
Field Placement: Community Servings (Boston, MA)
Dan helped develop Community Servings’ Food Policy and Resource Center, which will serve as a hub of resources for advocates of medical nutrition therapy. He also conducted research on the role of medically tailored, home-delivered meals on the health of low-income people with critical and chronic disease.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Food as Medicine: Medically Tailored, Home-Delivered Meals Can Improve Health Outcomes for People with Critical and Chronic Disease is a mixed-methods report examining the role of medically tailored meals on the health of people with critical and chronic disease from the perspective of the healthcare workers who referred them to Community Servings’ services. The report reviews public health literature regarding food as medicine, and seeks to document the power of nutrition to promote public health and curb healthcare costs.
Policy Placement: USDA, Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (Washington, DC)
Dan engaged faith-based and secular non-profit organizations in the USDA’s StrikeForce Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity by connecting them with internal and external resources and providing technical assistance for community-based projects. He also reviewed grant applications for the Farm to School Initiative, assisted with Affordable Care Act outreach to rural communities, and oversaw outreach efforts for the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Hailing from Northfield, OH, Dan graduated from the University of Rochester in 2012 with a degree in health, behavior & society. He interned with various local public health agencies and nonprofits where he worked on healthy food access, HIV/AIDS testing, syringe exchange, and childhood obesity prevention programs. He also conducted an evaluation of the food services program in Rochester City School District and presented his findings to community stakeholders. Dan received the Gallagher Koster Health Careers Scholarship in 2011 and his research on HIV/AIDS stigma and school food programs has been published in peer-reviewed journals.