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Leland Fellow

Navya Nadimpalli

10th Class, 2019-2021

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.

Host Organization: Welthungerhilfe

First Year Placement
Moroto, Uganda

For her first year placement, Navya worked in Moroto, Uganda, to provide technical support for the Integrating Nutrition in Farmer Groups approach within a cross-border project supporting the agro-pastoralist communities of the Karamoja region. This involved conducting staff-level trainings as well as facilitating community-level nutrition sessions for men and women farmers. She also conducted the related Nutrition Baseline Survey in coordination with the MEAL team and completed the data analysis and final report. In addition to these sessions, she piloted a solar dryer to improve current implementation of post-harvest handling in a very low resource setting.

Second Year Placement
Bonn, Germany

For the second year placement, Navya will be working with WHH’s Policy and External Relations Unit as part of the UN Food Systems Summit (FSS) 2021 team. Specifically, this will involve familiarizing with the FSS planning process, supporting selected partner countries with engaging with the FSS Dialogues as well as WHH’s participation in an Action Tracks. As part of this participation, Navya will research and produce inputs related to the latest evidence on food systems and WHH’s work related to them.