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Emerson Fellow

Rachel Winch

14th Class, 2007-2008

Field Placement: Public Health Institute, California Department of Health Services (Oakland, CA)

Rachel worked with the Network for a Healthy California to build the prescreening and outreach capacity of the Statewide Food Stamp Information Line.  She developed California’s Official Statewide Protocol for Telephone-Based Food Stamp Assistance, which is now being used by call center operators throughout the state.  Rachel also mapped access to food in Oakland with the Kellogg Food and Fitness grant recipients.

Hunger Free Community Report:  

Untangling the Lines: Using Phone-Based Assistance to Increase Access to Food Stamps documents efforts throughout the nation to improve access to food stamps using phone-based assistance.  The report examines potential opportunities for future phone-based food stamp applications and case management using telephonic signatures.

Policy Placement: House Hunger Caucus (Washington, DC)

Rachel worked to increase awareness of domestic and international hunger issues in the House of Representatives.  She coordinated a series of briefings on the impact of rising food costs on international and domestic hunger and helped to plan a Massachusetts anti-hunger summit. 

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:  

Rachel Winch graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Williams College in 2006 with a degree in sociology and Asian studies.  She studied abroad in India, served as a campus leader for Students for Social Justice and the Student Global AIDS Campaign, worked as a tutor for high school students in the A Better Chance program, and wrote two sociology theses.  After college, Rachel taught fifth and sixth grade at Esperanza Academy, a tuition-free middle school for low-income girls in Lawrence, Mass., and biked across the country to raise money for affordable housing.