Fellowships Awarded: 2015, 2014, 2013
Lauren Walsh, MPH, is a fourth-year, part-time doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. As a CLF-Lerner fellow, she is most interested in exploring the indirect and direct effects of climate change, particularly as they may impact local and global food systems. Lauren has spent the last eight years working on research, policy, and education in the field of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. In this role, she has published on the topics of competency-based learning, risk communication, long-term community recovery, personal health security, and building community resilience. As a fellow, she is able to build from this experience to investigate sustainable practices, risk, and resilience in global food systems. She is particularly interested in the public health impacts of food and water scarcity, and how practices such as land grabbing exacerbate inequalities in health. Ms. Walsh previously earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Spanish Literature and Language from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City, NY. Her advisor is Dr. Roni Neff, director of Food System Sustainability at the Center for a Livable Future, and assistant scientist in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.