May 2, 2013

Newest recipient of the Cynthia and Robert Lawrence Scholarship

Center for a Livable Future

Center for a Livable Future

Cynthia Lawrence, Sadie Barr (2013 scholarship recipient), and Bob Lawrence

The Center welcomes incoming MPH student Sadie Barr into its fold. Sadie is the 2013 recipient of the Cynthia and Robert Lawrence Scholarship, which provides tuition assistance to MPH students at the Bloomberg School of Public Health whose public health interests have a direct bearing on the priorities and focus of the Center .

Sadie is looking forward to focusing her academic work on the issue of food access, and how it intersects with food choices, nutrition, and health. She hopes to steer her research toward implementation, ideally finding a way to connect research, policy, and implementation. “There is much to be learned from working with those communities that feel the impact of food policies the most—yet are often the least engaged in the discussion,” said Sadie.

Hailing originally from the West Coast, where she graduated from Pomona College in 2009, Sadie has been working for several years in the Washington-Baltimore area. Primarily her work has been with Revolution Foods, which aims to transform public school lunch. Over the years she has been struck by how those with limited food access hold onto ideas about food that do them disservice. For example, “I don’t eat that,” or “That has no flavor,” are statements she’s heard too often. Sadie has been able to introduce new ideas about food into these conversations.

“I am honored to accept your scholarship award and I can’t wait to put it to use at such an amazing institution,” Sadie said to Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence when she met them on Monday. We at the Center also look forward to seeing the fruits of Sadie’s labor!

The MPH program at the School kicks off in July.

Photo: Michael Milli, 2013.

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