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Emerson Fellow

David Tian

14th Class, 2007-2008

Field Placement: Food & Friends (Washington, DC)

Food & Friends is an organization that provides nutritional counseling, prepared meals, and groceries to individuals living with life-challenging illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and cancer.  David conducted Food & Friends’ first focus group study assessing the cultural appropriateness of current services for African American clients with diabetes.  He also created a toolkit to evaluate Food & Friends’ potential involvement in diabetes prevention.

Hunger Free Community Report:  

Identifying Best Practices in Diabetes Prevention is a comprehensive toolkit that forms the foundation for Food & Friends’ potential involvement in primary diabetes prevention.  The toolkit’s five modules draw upon health sciences literature and two original studies to offer specific recommendations for determining the target population, intervention strategies, and program duration of diabetes prevention initiatives in Washington, D.C. This report was co-authored by Lindsey Baker.

Policy Placement: Families USA (Washington, DC)

As a member of the Health Policy Department, David focused on access and cost issues in the private health insurance market.  He researched and assessed the differences in state regulations of health insurance and the effect of un-insurance on American cities.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:  

David graduated with honors from Yale University in 2007 with a degree in biology.  David coordinated the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project and an afternoon drop-in center for the homeless, interned at the Hill Health Center’s Homeless Health Care Program, and served as a voting member of New Haven’s Homeless Advisory Commission.  David also chaired the Asian American Studies Task Force and volunteered at a free health clinic.  David was born in Harbin, China and grew up in Georgia with his family.