Fellowships Awarded: 2019, 2018, 2017
Amelie Hecht, BA, is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Health and Public Policy track. Amelie’s interests focus on designing and evaluating programs and policies to increase access to and consumption of healthy foods and beverages, particularly among vulnerable populations. She is also interested in understanding factors that affect food system resilience and strategies to decrease wasted food. Amelie’s dissertation explores implementation and impacts of the Community Eligibility Provision, a new policy within the National School Lunch Program that allows low-income schools to serve universal free meals. Amelie earned a BA in Community Health and American Studies from Tufts University. Prior to entering graduate school, Amelie worked at the University of California, San Francisco, where she conducted research on innovative policies and school-based interventions to address childhood obesity. She has also served as an AmeriCorps member at a federally qualified health center in northern Colorado. Amelie’s doctoral adviser is Keshia Pollack Porter, PhD.