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Emerson Fellow

Martell Hesketh

22nd Class, 2015-2016

Raised in Blaine, Washington, Martell attended Stanford University where she earned a degree in human biology and gained a passion for community health. She has led program evaluations of Senior Produce Markets, assisted in the implementation of a promotores de salud program as a Community Health Advocacy Fellow, and conducted community based participatory research with the Stanford Prevention Research Center to examine environmental barriers to physical activity. Martell has also interned at a malnutrition clinic for children in Santiago, Chile and taught health education to middle schoolers.

Field placement: Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Martell developed a performance measurement system to evaluate progress toward the strategic goals of the Agency Partnerships department at the food bank. She collaborated with staff and leadership to develop this inaugural departmental logic model and evaluation plan. She also worked with University of Arizona researchers, partner agencies, and local stakeholders to develop a framework for participatory community assessments aimed at strengthening local food systems in Cochise County, Arizona.

Policy placement: Root Cause Coalition

Washington, D.C.

Martell is building relationships with regional and national healthcare organizations working to address the social determinants of health. She is also working on a team to plan the Root Cause Coalition western regional summit as well as their National Conference on Social Determinants of Health.

Hunger Free Community Report

Reaching Beyond Food: A toolkit for engaging in grassroots community development to strengthen community wellness is a guide outlining the process of building a collaborative community development effort from an emergency food systems perspective. It is meant to provide local leaders with the necessary tools and examples to strengthen overall community wellness through a collective impact framework.