Congratulations to TUSM students Megan Lehnerd, MS-Nutrition/MPH'15, and Morgan Younkin, M16, who were recently named 2013-2014 Boston Schweitzer Fellows. Over the next year, they will join nearly 220 of their peers across the country in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that address the social determinants of health in underserved communities.
Megan Lehnerd, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Tufts Public Health Program
Lehnerd is addressing obesity and food insecurity by establishing a Market to Pantry program that connects unsold produce from farmers markets in underserved Boston neighborhoods to food pantries in those same communities. By repurposing the fresh fruits and vegetables, she aims to minimize food waste from the markets and to maximize health benefits for those accessing the pantries. Additionally, Lehnerd seeks to promote local farmers markets as healthy community spaces for all residents and to assist SNAP recipients in utilizing their benefits to purchase market produce.
Community Site: Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness
Morgan Younkin, School of Medicine
Younkin is working to build community capacity by strengthening a community-based English for Speakers of Other Language’s (ESOL) program in the Upham’s Corner neighborhood of Dorchester. He will continue to work with other community volunteers to increase community awareness of the program, as well as solidify the program’s organizational and curricular structure. While teaching regular English classes, he looks forward to giving and receiving as part of the unique community created by the students and teachers.
Community Site: Christ the King Dorchester Resource Center
Upon completion of their initial year, Lehnerd and Younkin will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life—and join a vibrant network of nearly 2,700 individuals who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers.
More information is available at: SchweitzerFellowship.org/boston.