Prior to becoming a Leland Fellow, Navya received her MS in Medical Physiology from Case Western University and her BA in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University with a focus on public health, nutrition and health disparities. After graduation, she worked with Open Hand Atlanta, a non-profit that provides medically-appropriate meals to those in Atlanta living with chronic illnesses. She spent the summer of 2014 in Tanzania as an HIV/Aids Educator living in a village home-stay and teaching HIV/AIDS curriculum to increase awareness about prevention, treatment and management. Her past experiences include researching the efficiency of workflow in the Internal Medicine Department of the Cleveland Clinic Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Clinic and conducting a literature review on mental health disparities among Asian American populations. Navya was born in Hyderabad, India and grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia.
First Year Placement
Navya is currently working with Welthungerhilfe in Moroto, Uganda, to facilitate community-level nutrition sessions for men and women farmers in farmer groups by providing technical support and staff capacity building. In addition to these sessions, she will pilot a solar dryer to improve current implementation of post-harvest handling in a very low resource setting as well as develop session curriculum and other materials for one additional practice/behavior (maternal and child anemia, adolescent nutrition, alcohol consumption). She will then incorporate the pilot and additional session curriculum into the on-going session training schedule and conduct related staff training sessions and facilitate community level sessions.
Second Year Placement