14th Class, 2007-2008
Field Placement: California Association of Food Banks (Oakland, CA)
Katherine conducted food stamp outreach projects aimed at California’s diverse Latino population. She collaborated with bilingual and bicultural food stamp outreach providers to support best practices and to create a Spanish language food stamp outreach website. Through key informant interviews and focus groups, Katherine examined food security issues of the indigenous Mexican migrant population in California and the potential for reaching this population through food stamp outreach.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Documenting Vulnerability: Food Insecurity Among Indigenous Mexican Migrants in California’s Central Valley provides an overview of food insecurity in the Mixtec community, an indigenous Mexican group in Fresno and Madera, CA, and outlines their experience with the emergency food system, their knowledge and use of the Food Stamp Program, and the potential for outreach in this community.
Policy Placement: Migrant Legal Action Program (Washington, DC)
Katherine researched and wrote a report about immigrant access to programs such as food stamps, Medicaid, school lunch and breakfast, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), migrant and community clinics, and public education.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Katherine graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2006 where she studied political science and Spanish. She also studied demography and economics at the University of Havana and researched her thesis on reproductive healthcare in Cuba. After graduating, Katherine worked as a research assistant at Boston Medical Center on the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program, a public health study on the impact of Food Stamps on children’s health.