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Emerson Fellow

Lindsey Baker

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.  Lindsey conducted 50 home visits to assess the unique needs of clients living with diabetes in addition to HIV/AIDS or cancer.  She also assisted in the development of a diabetes prevention toolkit by surveying diabetes health care professionals on best practices and community needs.

Hunger Free Community Report: 

Improving Services: Suggestions for Food & Friends to Better Serve Diabetic Clients examines diabetic clients’ management of diabetes, their understanding of received services, and suggestions for service improvements.  Combining data from home assessments and a focus group, background literature, and the American Diabetes Association’s nutrition recommendations, the report presents a plan for Food & Friends to improve its services for diabetic clients. This report was co-authored by David Tian.

Policy Placement: America’s Second Harvest (Washington, DC)

As part of the Government Relations and Public Policy Department, Lindsey assisted staff with their research, advocacy, and public education initiatives.  She developed an electronic briefing book on federal nutrition programs and anti-hunger legislative efforts in Congress.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:

Lindsey graduated with High Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a degree in psychology and sociology.  At Emory, she was a Tritt Social Justice Fellow, an Emory Scholar, and the Co-Director of Volunteer Emory.  She studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia, and participated in alternative break trips to New Orleans and Belarus.  Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Lindsey has worked for Angel Charity for Children, the Decatur-DeKalb YMCA, and the DeKalb Child Advocacy Office.

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