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Emerson Fellow

Toni Holness

13th Class, 2006-2007

Field Placement: Medical Legal Partnership for Children, Boston Medical Center (Boston, MA)

Toni joined a team of lawyers and advocates to promote preventive law in the clinical setting and to address the social and environmental factors that affect child health.  Toni carried a caseload of clients seen at MLPC’s Food Stamp Clinic, screening patients for Food Stamp eligibility, submitting applications on behalf of patients, and assisting them with the entire application process.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Running on Empty: Massachusetts Families and the Federal Food Stamp Program documents the challenges faced by food insecure clients participating in the food stamp clinic and the benefits of approaching food stamps from a health perspective.

Policy Placement: Center for Community Change (Washington, DC)

Toni worked with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) team to draft a report on the fiscal viability of deporting all undocumented immigrants.  Toni also conducted outreach to Afro-Caribbean organizations in order to expand the CCC’s Black Brown and Beyond initiative and the Youth Changing A Nation alliance.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience: 

Toni graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 with a BA in Health and Societies and a concentration in International Health.  She conducted research for the Philadelphia Food Trust, worked to rectify the dearth of healthy food sources within urban communities, and participated in Mayor John Street’s Summer Internship Program where she developed and implemented a fitness initiative curbing current obesity trends in Philadelphia.  She has also worked with the Equal Rights Center in Washington, D.C. and completed a fellowship with the Public Service Program at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.