15th Class, 2008-2009
Field Placement: Logan Square Neighborhood Association (Chicago, IL)
Veronica brought together parents, community members, school staff, and students to establish a wellness council at a local middle school to improve the health of the middle school community. Veronica also conducted a school health needs assessment through interviews and surveys of school and community members, and the wellness council used her report to devise their first action plan.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Working Towards Wellness: An Assessment of the School Health Environment at Ames Middle School raises awareness about the strengths and challenges of the school health environment in the areas of nutrition services, mental health services, and physical education.
Policy Placement: Food Research and Action Center (Washington, DC)
Veronica developed a catalogue of best practices for wellness initiatives in the Child and Adult Care Food Program at the state and local level. She also contributed to a webinar on the new WIC food package in multicultural communities and helped develop an evaluation of the nutrition and physical activity environment of child care centers in D.C.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Veronica graduated with honors in nutritional sciences from Cornell University in 2008. She was a Cornell Commitment Tradition Scholar, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, and worked in Nicaragua teaching at a local school and volunteering at a program for pregnant women. She also wrote an honors thesis on body composition techniques, completed a community action fellowship at a county Health Planning Council, and interned at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.