15th Class, 2008-2009
Field Placement: Lifelong AIDS Alliance (Seattle, WA)
Renita researched federally funded nutritional counseling and home-delivered meal programs for individuals in the Seattle area living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses with a focus on the impact of nutrition therapy on health care outcomes and costs. She also conducted interviews for a story bank documenting individuals’ experiences with nutritional counseling and home-delivered meal programs.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Access Granted: Breaking Barriers to Optimal Health for Food Insecure People Living with Chronic Illnesses discusses the importance of nutrition for chronically ill, low-income individuals and outlines policy recommendations for increasing community members’ access to nutritious foods, while saving lives and taxpayer dollars.
Policy Placement: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Washington, DC)
Renita worked in the Joint Center’s Health Policy Institute researching the influence of food stamp eligibility and poverty in perpetuating health disparities and increasing coronary heart disease risk among African American women. She also produced a Community Best Practices Guideline as a resource to help community members understand and address hunger and poverty issues, particularly for African American women.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Renita is a 2008 graduate of Duke University where she earned a degree in Women’s Studies. On campus, Renita served as a peer educator for safe-sex and healthy lifestyles, the president of her sorority, a mentor to 5th grade girls, and a volunteer at her local hospital. Originally from Georgia, Renita attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine.