14th Class, 2007-2008
Field Placement: Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans and Acadiana (New Orleans, LA)
Gagan designed and implemented an emergency food distribution program to make healthy food products more available and convenient for senior citizens. He conducted a needs assessment of the region’s seniors, reviewed existing programs and services, secured funding for a pilot program, and laid the groundwork to support the program’s expansion.
Hunger Free Community Report:
After the Storms: Turning the Spotlight on Senior Hunger explores the unique post-hurricane barriers to food security that seniors face, and provides empirically driven estimates of the number of seniors living in poverty throughoutNew Orleans and the surrounding region.
Policy Placement: RESULTS Educational Fund (Washington,DC)
As the domestic health policy fellow, Gagan oversaw the 2008 Health Care for All Campaign and collaborated with numerous partner organizations in the effort to eliminate health disparities. He also planned the health care plenary sessions for the RESULTS International Conference and developed long-term goals for the organization’s health policy work.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Gagan is a 2007 graduate of Davidson College where he received a full-merit Baker Scholarship and earned a degree in political science. A native of Belmont, North Carolina, he helped his local school system become one of the first in the country to eliminate junk food from its vending machines. Gagan served on Davidson’s student government for four years, and was senior class president. He helped organize a student social change movement on campus, conducted research on protracted conflicts in Sudan and the Horn of Africa, taught English and volunteered at a food pantry in Spain, and conducted research on nutrition and water sanitation in refugee camps inIndia.