Gabriella Battaglia '19

Gabby being presented with her certificate

"I was Human Development and Family Studies major with minors in Behavior Change Health Studies as well as Health and Society. As someone who already was in a broad, interdisciplinary major, I appreciated that the Health and Society program shared that aspect. Taking additional classes in anthropology, sociology, and health complemented my other courses of study perfectly and provided me with an even broader perspective on how our society influences health and wellbeing. My particular area of interest is improving the diet quality of food insecure populations. I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate at a neighborhood health center in Austin, Texas where I focused on food recovery, distribution, and nutrition education. I also interned at Hunger Free Vermont developing a 6 week cooking and nutrition education program for low-income youth and adults. I now serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA working with Salt Lake Community College's network of food pantries. I hope to earn Master's in Public Health focusing on nutrition, behavior change, or community health and work for the US Department of Agriculture with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education or the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program."

Nathaniel Fuchs '16

Nathaniel smiling while standing in front of Old Mill

Nathaniel graduated with an Individually Designed Major in Public Health at UVM before the Health and Society program was officially created. For his degree, Nathaniel took an array of courses in the liberal arts related to health in human populations. He completed a senior these on vaccination issues in Vermont with Dr. Jeanne Shea and Dr. Beverley Wemple as co-advisors. As a Fulbright Scholar, Nathaniel researched the cultural and systemic factors that allow for a relativity high vaccination rate in Norway, despite the absence of mandatory vaccination laws for school attendance through qualitative interviews with school health professionals while at the University of Oslo. Nathaniel is now earning his MPH at Brown University and has completed an internship with the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health. He also recently had anĀ article accepted to CommonWealth Magazine about vaccination policy in Massachusetts.