15th Class, 2008-2009
Field Placement: Boston Medical Center, Medical-Legal Partnership Boston (Boston, MA)
Working with a team of attorneys, Morenike collaborated with pediatricians and community health centers to address the hunger and nutrition issues affecting low-income families. She assisted patient families with applications for food stamps and utility discounts and advocated for clients with government agencies. She also researched the effectiveness of co-location of services at Boston Medical Center, where a state eligibility worker visits the hospital regularly to process food stamp applications.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Nutrition Support Programs in the Health Care Setting: A Prescription for Hunger Prevention explores the benefits of having social services available to patients at Boston Medical Center, strongly encourages health care centers to incorporate “outstation” services, and outlines best practices.
Policy Placement: NETWORK Education Program (Washington, DC)
Working with a Catholic social justice organization, Morenike researched ex-offender and recidivism issues, specifically examining their access to public benefits upon reentry. She also explored the needs of Gulf Coast hurricane survivors and their struggles to receive public benefits.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Originally from Takoma Park, Maryland, Morenike graduated from Guilford College in 2007 with a degree in history and peace and conflict studies. She served in leadership positions in student government, Amnesty International, NAACP, and on a delegation to Israel and Palestine. As a Multicultural Leadership Scholar at Guilford, Morenike participated in anti-racist and anti-oppression trainings, served as a Safe Zone counselor, and volunteered as a tutor and mentor for at-risk youth and homeless families.