After obtaining a B.S. in Nutrition from The Ohio State University, Sarah started out her career in nutrition and public health while completing a dietetic internship at Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. After a year of supervised practice in nutrition at myriad New Orleans hospitals, schools, and community centers, Sarah joined Louisiana Delta Service Corps, where she would spend the next two years developing and implementing an experiential garden and nutrition program at a Pre-K through 8th grade New Orleans charter school. Here, she had the pleasure of teaching nutrition and wellness through growing, cooking and enjoying food with her students.
After completing her service term, she returned to Ohio to work as a nutrition counselor for the City of Cincinnati’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Traveling to various neighborhood clinics throughout the city each week, she worked with pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children in some of the zip codes battling the highest rates of infant mortality in the US.
Her experiences working in public health continued to engender her passion for examining sociological causes to health disparities, which she intends to focus her research on while in the CCC program. As a member of the inaugural fellowship class of the Mellon Graduate Program in Community Engaged Scholarship, Sarah is excited to thoughtfully explore the ways academia and graduate students can leverage university resources to partner with and serve the communities they inhabit.
Social and racial stratification, social geography, social justice, sociology of food, sociology of health and wellness, women's studies, maternal and infant health, reproductive justice, community health, community development